Line managers are responsible for managing an employerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s employees or teams. Employers have a hierarchy whereby line managers report upwards to higher management levels. Line managers typically allocate employeesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ work, mange employeesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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.