Bullying vs Reasonable Management Action
The Fair Work Commission has an ‘Anti Bullying Guide‘ which clearly sets out the definition and what could constitute bullying in the workplace. It is a great tool for determining whether or not the conduct complained about might fall within the bullying category. Reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner does not constitute bullying. Reasonable management action may include: performance management processes, disciplinary action for misconduct, informing a worker about unsatisfactory work performance or inappropriate work behaviour, asking a worker to perform reasonable duties in keeping with their job, maintaining reasonable workplace goals and standards. However, these actions must be conducted in a reasonable manner. If they are not, they could still be bullying. Anna Faoagali, specialist in workplace mediation, workplace investigation and Principal of Evolve Workplaces.