Anna Faoagali

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.

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