Improving Line Manager Effectiveness

Nick Pye |


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The job of the line manager is critical within most organisations.

Managers play a vital role in many different ways, ensuring that both management strategies and HR policies are implemented successfully, that employees are motivated and competent, and that the organisation complies with relevant legislation and standards.

However, the diverse and sometimes complex role of the line manager is under increasing pressure.

People managers, sometimes promoted for their functional competence rather than their inherent people skills, are often poorly equipped and lack the tools, information and competencies they need to be effective.

As a result, poor management practise is often commonplace, with potentially damaging results for all - employees, organisations and the managers themselves.

Organisations ought to find better ways of equipping their people managers to be more effective and to add greater value. The good news is that technology-based services like Youmanage offer the opportunity to improve the quality of management in a highly cost-effective way.

In a short series of interesting and thought provoking articles, we will examine the typical challenges faced by people managers, the impact that these have on their performance and describe how managers can be easily equipped with the tools, the information, and the guidance that they need to be able to 'manage' their teams consistently and effectively.

In the meantime, we previously looked at 'The Reinvention of HR, Line Management and HR Technology' in a previous article.

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Nick has more than 25 years of leadership experience, where he has held a variety of executive positions spanning marketing, business development, HR product strategy and has been CEO of Youmanage since 2010. Nick acquired the Youmanage business in 2010 and led the renewed vision and go-to-market definition of the Youmanage platform for its official re-launch in September 2013. With significant and continued product development, he continues to steer Youmanage as an industry leading cloud HR software provider. Work aside, Nick retains his huge enthusiasm for music in both trumpet and bagpipe playing!