Every one knows what bullying is and that it’s wrong or do they?

Shouting ,swearing, ridiculing and “losing  it big time” not as a one off or isolated experience but as a daily occurrence, a regular feature of the way the manager behaves would be unacceptable and considered bullying in most organisations. 

But how hard can you push someone to deliver, how high can you set your expectations and how critical can you be before it is considered bullying?


In the case of a formal complaint it often falls to HR to decide whether a manager has got the balance right between reasonable pressure and unreasonable demands , between acceptable standards of work and unrealistic expectations, between helpful/necessary  feedback and undermining criticism. 


What constitutes unacceptable management behaviour changes over time and from one organisation to another HR are part of trying to raise the bar.




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