Home / Resources / Effective Line Management is Key

Effective Line Management is Key

CIPD highlights importance of strong absence management in UK organisations in response to TUC research

Today’s report from the TUC showing that a quarter of the workforce went to work in January despite thinking they were too ill to do so,  shows why employers need to manage absence and support employee wellbeing effectively, as the recession puts increasing pressure on their people.

Ben Willmott, the CIPD’s Senior Public Policy Adviser believes that effective line management is the key to maintaining healthy and productive workplaces, especially in an environment where work intensity and concerns over job security are on the increase:

“It is worrying that nearly a third of employees say they are more likely to go into work ill as a result of the recession. Research shows that long-term exposure to stress is linked to conditions such as anxiety and depression as well as heart disease.”

“Good absence management does involve having in place the right systems and procedures to ensure absence levels and patterns are monitored, but it also involves training line managers so that they don’t create or increase stress at work and are able to pick up the early warnings signs that might indicate that someone is not well or struggling to cope at work.”

“There is a risk that the recession will create a mental health time bomb. In an environment where people are under increasing pressure as work intensity increases and worries over job security grow, with limited opportunities to find alternative employment, how people are managed and developed becomes even more critical in terms of supporting positive mental health.”

Recent articles on our blog....

A black and white keyboard with the word newsletter and an envelope image replacing the enter key

Spring 2024 newsletter includes a movement tip & other resources

May 28, 2024

The latest edition of our quarterly workplace wellbeing newsletter includes a movement tip for working hours and many other resources.

Read More →
A row of well thumbed cream coloured paper folders

Workplace wellbeing resources – some helpful recent additions

May 16, 2024

Our latest collection of external resources to help workplace wellbeing includes guidance and recommendations relating to a range of topics – autism employment, ensuring EDI is for everyone, information sharing in mental health emergencies at work, menopause in the workplace and women at work.

Read More →
Group of people working around a desk beside a cork board with coloured notes

Why we should focus on minimising employee illbeing to aid workplace wellbeing

May 16, 2024

This post begins with some research which concludes that efforts to improve wellbeing at work are directed too narrowly. It then goes on to highlight some courses that can help employers looking to minimise employee illbeing in the workplace. They present opportunities to explore strategies that can enhance a culture of psychological safety and trust.

Read More →

Testimonials

ineq-about-us-150x150

Our purpose is to provide training and consultancy services to enhance resilience, health and wellbeing in the workplace.

ineq-ethos-values-150x150

Differentiation is one of the most strategic and tactical activities in which companies most constantly engage

ineq-faqs-150x150

It's natural to have questions about training and how it fits with your organisation. Our FAQs can help you find out more.

ineq-case-studies-150x150

View case studies for some of the in-house training courses we have delivered to different types of organisations across the UK.