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.


Poor management biggest factor in engagement

The ‘quality’ of a manager is the most important factor in employee job satisfaction, a joint business school research project...

How to avoid Christmas conflict at work

3 Dec 2019

December can be a busy and fraught time in the workplace. How should managers deal with the stresses and strains of the season and avoid conflict in the office?

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Two-fifths of workers would fake a sick day

21 Nov 2019

Two in five adults would fake a ‘sickie’ if they wanted a day off work, according to a Com Res...

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CIPD’s Peter Cheese: HR’s role in improving mental health

10 Oct 2019

On World Mental Health Day, HR teams have been reminded of the scale of the mental ill health “epidemic” and...

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Organisations need more ‘connector’ managers to succeed

18 Sep 2019

Almost half (45%) of managers lack the confidence to help employees acquire the skills they need, according to analyst firm...

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Half of UK workers quit due to bad management

3 Sep 2019

Almost half of UK workers have quit a job due to a poor relationship with their manager, according to Totaljobs....

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Whistleblowing

Tribunal case bolsters protection for potential whistleblowers

9 Aug 2019

An employment tribunal last month concluded a case that could prove highly significant for potential whistleblowers.

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Why check-ins are key to creating a healthy culture

7 Aug 2019

From employee engagement to workplace wellbeing, regular check-ins have a wealth of benefits for both employees and line managers, as...

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line manager meetings

Third of managers do not follow up meeting action points

6 Aug 2019

A third of managers could be “devaluing” the regular one-to-one check-ins they have with their staff by not following up...

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Three in five suffer at work due to menopause

27 Mar 2019

Three out of five working women between the ages of 45 and 55 believe their menopause symptoms are having a...

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Communicating change: The ‘Scary Six’ personas you need to win over

13 Feb 2019

Continuing our three-part serialisation of her book, Lucy Adams shares her “Scary Six”, examples of workplace personas that HR needs...

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How to ensure your HR processes don’t overshadow purpose

13 Feb 2019

Jobs-to-be-Done theory focuses on the end goal rather than the process of getting there. But too often, HR professionals get...

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How digital trends are changing the role of HR (webinar)

19 Sep 2018

ON DEMAND | Not a day goes by without a news story highlighting the impact of digital technology on people’s jobs, but how...

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How to get line managers on board with feedback

8 Aug 2018

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

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Why unbiased feedback is just an illusion

10 Jul 2018

With pressure on HR and managers to reduce bias and increase objectivity and transparency, how achievable is this? Elva Ainsworth...

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