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.


Lloyds Banking Group makes best of lockdown to develop leaders

Lloyds launched a leadership learning programme for new-to-role line managers just days before lockdown measures were announced.

Frontline operational staff struggle to raise concerns

13 May 2020

People who work in frontline operational roles, such as those in construction and manufacturing, are less likely to have access...

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Coronavirus: how Public Health England is keeping staff safe

7 May 2020

Minimising hot desking and adopting one-way systems in corridors among agency's in-house measures.

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Managers must improve mental health support during coronavirus crisis

31 Mar 2020

Better communication needed if employee mental health is to be safeguarded during Covid-19 crisis.

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What will shape the managers of the future?

26 Mar 2020

Whether it’s having to manage unprecedented levels of remote working or the fact that increasing numbers of tasks are being...

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Managers sweep harassment under the carpet, says CIPD report

21 Jan 2020

Almost a quarter of employees believe that – despite the rise of movements such as #MeToo – bullying and harassment...

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Poor management biggest factor in engagement

9 Dec 2019

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

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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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