Our manager threatens our jobs on a regular basis now. He does it when the slightest thing seems to go wrong. Yesterday a staff member (A) said that one of our clients had overheard two other staff members (B + C) talking about a fourth staff member (D). The client had mentioned this to A and A then mentioned it to the manager.
I wasn’t B or C and I don’t see how the manager with such a vague story can begin to threaten staff who have worked faithfully for 10+ years and new staff who are just in the door with their jobs because of stories like this. The actual comment that was apparently overheard could be negative or positive depending on how it was said also.
This is just one example of course but this threat is a regular occurance. Our manager is also our HR. He had made the threats in front of staff more senior than him as well as when just with us.
How do we respond to this? I don’t feel that I am doing anything that would warrant dismissal and that the threats are empty but they are also very emotive and leave you on edge.