Line managers have a very important role to play, not only in the day-to-day management of people and operations but also in the implementation of HR policies, particularly in organisations where there’s a devolution of HR activities towards line management. It's therefore important that proper consideration is given to the way line managers are selected, developed and managed on an ongoing basis.

This factsheet unpacks the roles and responsibilities of line managers and explores the relationship between HR and line management, including opportunities to work together to support business strategy. It also stresses the importance of positive relationships between line managers and the employees they manage, and highlights key considerations for supporting line managers in developing vital people management skills.

CIPD viewpoint

Who are line managers?

The role of line managers in implementing HR processes

Supporting line managers

Useful contacts and further reading

This factsheet was last updated by CIPD staff.

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