I’ve been a people/line manager for about 10 years. I read here about managers “pulling people up” and “giving people a hard time” about things and I honestly struggle to understand. Similarly when I see other managers doing these things, it baffles me.
I don’t understand how some imaginary hierarchy actually gives people the brass neck to behave in that way towards other human beings. What right do they feel they have?
I have never needed to give anyone a hard time. Sometimes I need to talk to people about certain things or ask for things to be done differently but you just treat it as a conversation between 2 adults. There is no need to flex “power” or be in any way confrontational.
With this approach I’ve found that the work gets done well, I get good manager review scores and team engagement scores are high.
I would love to understand what drives people to treat other people like c***s. I cannot see the benefit to anyone.