What prevents line managers from being effective?

Nick Pye |


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People management often gets squeezed out by operational pressures, particularly if managers don’t feel properly equipped and confident about what they should be doing, right?

To be an effective people manager requires a daunting breadth of competencies, knowledge and information, particularly given that many managers are promoted for their functional competence and don’t intuitively understand what constitutes good management practice.

From our experience of working with organisations and management communities, we’ve seen that there are typically a range of factors that prevent line managers carrying out their people management responsibilities effectively.

These include:

  • Lack of time – other more time-pressing operational tasks always get in the way
  • Lack of competence – e.g. how to give feedback or how to handle a coaching conversation
  • Lack of knowledge – of HR processes, of relevant legislation and of best practice management techniques
  • Lack of clear direction and example from senior managers - Lack of access to relevant information – about their employees, key metrics etc
  • Lack of empathy – managers may not naturally be ‘people persons’
  • Lack of trust from HR department/senior managers – ‘managers just given enough rope to hang themselves’
  • Lack of a clear framework to act within – no clear policies and standards to guide them in their day-to-day activities
  • So how do you empower your own managers to be more accountable and be more effective?

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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!