Should I Investigate Before I Discpline?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about:

In my workplace an employee I supervise was observed by another supervisor, violating a rule about having a coffee cup without a lid. The supervisor talked about it to another employee, who said she would talk to the employee about it. When she did, the employee got angry and used some obscenities and some physical movement to indicate he didn’t care about what the supervisor said. Then, he put a label on his coffee cup that said, “Don’t fret. There’s a lid on this cup.”When the supervisor saw this he asked the employee who had talked to her coworker, what was said, and she said “You don’t want to know!” But, she added the remarks, while not very nice or professional did not offend her.

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