This Guide provides in depth direction on writing a grievance about the behaviour of a colleague, manager or supervisor. There is a difference between strong management and bullying behaviour.
ACAS describes bullying as ‘offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient’. In its Bullying and Harassment at Work Guide ACAS says that the behaviour of employers and senior managers is as important as any formal policy. Strong management can unfortunately sometimes tip over into bullying behaviour which is not acceptable in any workplace.
In law, your employer owes you a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect you from foreseeable harm to your physical or mental health.