raise the bar

raise the bar

To raise the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. Since higher education became available to a greater number of people, businesses have increasingly been raising the bar for entry-level employees.
See also: bar, raise

raise the bar

Fig. to make a task a little more difficult. (As with raising the bar in high jumping or pole vaulting.) Just as I was getting accustomed to my job, the manager raised the bar and I had to perform even better.
See also: bar, raise
References in classic literature ?
There was no slit through which a knife could be passed to raise the bar.
For hours they labored upon that mighty work of defence, and it was late at night ere they made a little opening large enough to admit a hand and arm, but the first one intruded within the room to raise the bars was drawn quickly back with a howl of pain from its owner.
Matthew Smith is the camp communications and strategy director at Longacre in Pennsylvania, and cohort leader (along with Scott Brody, owner/director of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in New Hampshire, and Ariella Rogge, a director at Sanborn Western Camps in Colorado) of the American Camp Association's Raise the Bar initiative to discover and articulate how the ACA camp community is participating in the transformation of young people, including educational approaches that facilitate the positive development of young people through comprehensive, whole-child collaborations and a focus on outcomes.
This highly coveted and prestigious quality management award is a truly proud achievement to the company as it bears witness to Adnec's ongoing and persistent efforts to raise the bar of events industry in the UAE and the region," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Adnec.
Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D and Connected TV technologies, has announced the launch of the Panasonic Raise the Bar Tour, a seven-week, major market North American tour designed to give consumers a chance to experience Panasonic's 2012 line-up of home entertainment, digital imaging, home appliance and personal care products, including the latest Full HD Smart VIERA[R] TVs featuring a vastly expanded range of interactive apps for gaming, fitness, live sports, video streaming and much more.
But we must continue to raise the bar even higher, especially since we're addressing a new market event.
Green Fleet chief Angela Pisanu said: "Through its EfficientDynamics initiative, BMW has continued to raise the bar in respect of delivering class-leading reductions in carbon dioxide emissions whilst at the same time maintaining exceptional vehicle performance and economy.
As founder of the Ragdoll Restoration Foundation, which helps young women with a parent in prison, she wasn't sure how the first Raise the Bar day for girls would go.
The Mirage, the hotel that introduced the concept of destination resort to the Las Vegas Strip in 1989, has announced details of a transformation that will once more raise the bar for Las Vegas resorts.
With Jeff, we raise the bar even higher because he brings a depth of knowledge and a skill set that will add tremendous value to our new development division.
The council started with appointing a high-level Task Force on Quality and Accountability to help raise the bar of charter school performance.
All marketers need to raise the bar for the bank marketing profession, so that marketing is no longer considered the "line item" on the bank's budget that needs to be cut.
Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and if you don't raise the bar every season you don't get into the team.
But he added: "Unionists have got to convince Republicans that if they do deal with arms, they're (Unionists) not going to constantly raise the bar, ask for more, raising fresh obstacles to make it harder for people to reach that accommodation.