Role of the line manager
As a manager you can have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of your staff.
All you need to know in 30 seconds
- You have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of your staff.
- Competent line managers can make the employee experience a positive one.
- Improving your softer skills will assist you in developing your team.
- Lead by example by following policies and taking breaks etc.
- Be fair, consistent, sensitive and confidential with your team.
- Foster an open and inclusive team culture.
All you need to know in detail
As a line manager you can have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of your team. Best practice and research shows that competent line managers can contribute positively to the experience of employees. Within NHSGGC we have developed a Management Development Programme providing further training for managers on how best to manage their employees, including developing the softer skills required to support this. Improving these skills will assist you in managing sickness absence, developing the health and wellbeing of your employees and being seen to 'walk the talk'.
Here are some useful pointers that you could be doing or working towards:
- analyse sickness absence data looking for trends or warning signs
- lead by example by following policies correctly i.e. flexible working, taking breaks
- escalate issues and source support for employees where appropriate in a timely manner
- ensure your team know the policies, behaviour and engagement expected of them
- ensure your team know to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing
- foster an open and inclusive culture in your team and workplace
- don't put off necessary conversations
- don't cancel meetings with employees unless completely avoidable.