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.


Bad bosses run riot in one in four UK workplaces

12 Sep 2005

Bad bosses are making life hell for a quarter of the UK's workforce, according to a survey.

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Unethical behaviour is part of the deal

30 Aug 2005

Employees believe a wide range of unethical activities - ranging from personal phone calls to fiddling expenses - are permissible in the workplace

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Role-model managers are thin on the ground

30 Aug 2005

Only a third of employees see their manager as a role model, according to research conducted for Investors in People (IIP)

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Business benefits from workaholic managers

15 Jul 2005

UK managers work 36 million hours free of charge by failing to take up holiday entitlement.

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Bill to impose harsh duties on directors for workplace safety

3 Jun 2005

A Labour MP is to launch a private members Bill with the support of trade unions that would impose stringent safety duties on company directors, making them more personally accountable for workplace accidents or deaths

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Line managers fail to live up to expectations

30 Mar 2005

Only a third of UK employees regard their manager as a role model, with many seeing their boss's failure to involve them when developing new ideas or making decisions as a real turn-off

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Familiarity breeds contempt as bad managers rule roost

29 Mar 2005

Employee job satisfaction declines the longer people work for their employers, according to a new study.The findings are based on...

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Ineffective leaders holding back UK plc

23 Mar 2005

Two-thirds of UK organisations are suffering from a shortage of highly effective leaders, according to a survey of 664 training...

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Bunking Jacko fans moonwalk to HR

8 Feb 2005

Croc doc puts sick reptile in danger; Caustic Cowell is the workers' idol

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Right experience is key to good management

1 Feb 2005

Relevant job experience has been cited as the most important element in a good manager, according to a survey by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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Staff suggestions can be a valuable asset

13 Dec 2004

A well run suggestions scheme can deliver hundreds of thousands of pounds to the bottom line

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Failing line managers blamed for UK’s poor customer service culture

9 Nov 2004

More than 60 per cent of UK workers employed in customer-facing sales and service roles believe that failing line management...

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Better value from learning

1 Nov 2004

For organisations to get the most from development, the role of line managers is essential. We ask readers how to...

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Managers blame HR for lack of learning time

1 Nov 2004

Insufficient time and too much pressure to acquire new skills are the greatest obstacles to learning for today’s manager, according...

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Line managers are the key to being a great company

28 Oct 2004

The difference between being a good company and a great company lies in the hands of line managers – those...

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