Line managers

Line managers are responsible for managing an employer’s employees or teams. Employers have a hierarchy whereby line managers report upwards to higher management levels. Line managers typically allocate employees’ work, mange employees’ performance, and organise the completion of tasks for the employer within a set budget.

The trend in recent years has been for HR to devolve tasks that it would have done to line managers. For example, line managers are more involved than ever in recruitment, performance management and communicating with employees. HR should train line managers on these areas.


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Managers are so overwhelmed with demands that having regular feedback conversations with employees can be hard to fit in. Roly...

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When I have a problem with a colleague, I know that the sensible thing to do is to get together as soon as possible and talk it through

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Managers ‘unwilling’ to be seen as apprentices

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Most employers feel that middle and senior managers would be unwilling to be seen as an apprentice, meaning that businesses...

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Skills gap will worsen after Brexit, say employers

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Half of employers believe Brexit will exacerbate the shortage of skilled professionals in the UK, according to new research.
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Fair dismissal of line manager who refused workplace drug test

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An employment tribunal rejected an unfair dismissal claim by a line manager who was sacked when he refused to take...

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Underperforming managers still receiving bonuses.

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Despite falling short of performance expectations, nearly a quarter of managers are still taking home extra pay on top of...

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