Line managers are central to the successful implementation of a well-being strategy. They also have a crucial part to play in creating the culture necessary to support a healthy organisation.

Recent research for the DWP1 concludes that small changes in the workplace, particularly on the part of line managers and supervisors, can make a big difference to the well-being of staff. For example, gestures of thanks, a team lunch or away-day can help to make people feel part of a close-knit and supportive team.

Positive people management can also help rehabilitate people back from sick leave more swiftly; the same research suggests that employees who feel supported by their managers, perhaps including regular but sensitive contact during periods of sickness absence, are more likely to return to work.

This guide was written and produced by AXA PPP Healthcare and reproduced on the CIPD website with their kind permission.

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