Insubordination With An Incompetent Supervisor

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about supervisor with poor people skills:

I am a lead person in maintenance. We are required to work with several supervisors in different departments. One of my mechanics that has 20 years of experience in our field has to work under a young engineer who has recently transferred to production. While he was a good engineer, he is not so good at being a production supervisor. He has poor people skills and doesn’t like the way the mechanics assigned to his area work. Most mechanics around him resist his orders resulting in insubordination. I am on the sidelines and sometimes asked to intervene when discipline issues come around. What’s the best way for me to handle this?

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