Is A Forced Apology Considered Punishment?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being forced to apologize to a coworker:

Is it a punishment when your boss make you apologize to another co-worker?

Signed, Not Sorry

Dear Not Sorry:

You don’t say what happened that resulted in your boss telling you to apologize. Whatever it was, your boss probably thought you would prefer to apologize rather than have formal punishment since requiring an apology is usually viewed as a way to avoid punishing an employee.You can refuse to apologize.

In some circumstances that would be the right thing to do. But, before you take that stance, consider talking to your manager and telling him why you don’t want to apologize.

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