Title

Debate: ‘Robust performance management’ or workplace bullying? Not just the ‘what’ but the ‘how’

Document Type

Other

Publisher

Taylor and Francis Ltd.

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

24582

Comments

Originally published as: Omari, M., & Paull, M. (2017). Debate: ‘Robust performance management’ or workplace bullying? Not just the ‘what’ but the ‘how’. Public Money & Management, 37(5), 315-316. Original available here

Abstract

There is a very fine and difficult to detect line between what can be called ‘robust performance management’ and workplace bullying. Most policies, guidance notes, codes of practice and legislative provisions are clear in that ‘reasonable management’ action does not constitute workplace bullying. But what is ‘reasonable management’ action? And are these few simple words enough to delineate justified management behaviour for corrective action from workplace bullying behaviour that is abusive, unfair, harsh, aggressive, ‘over-the-top’, ‘nit-picky’ and unrelenting? This distinction is more complicated than it first appears.

DOI

10.1080/09540962.2017.1328172

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