Managers are increasingly overstretched and struggle to fulfil their dual operational and people management responsibilities.
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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