Case study: The ‘squeezed middle’ — Investing in line managers to improve employee wellbeing

28 Apr 2021
16:15 - 16:45 (BST)
Rachel Suff
Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD
Sian Evans
Head of Leadership and Development, Simplyhealth 

Case study: The ‘squeezed middle’ — Investing in line managers to improve employee wellbeing

Case study: The ‘squeezed middle’ — Investing in line managers to improve employee wellbeing

According to the CIPD’s latest wellbeing survey, conducted in partnership with Simply Health, unmanageable workloads and management style are by far the most common causes of work related stress, both of which fall within a line manager’s remit. However, pressures from above place managers in a ‘squeezed-middle’ position, trying to balance their team’s workloads with the demands of the business. How can we avoid this, and work with line managers to ensure both their wellbeing and the well-being of their teams? This session will cover:

  • developing line managers to better manage their team’s workloads and ensuring that senior leaders are not demanding too much of them
  • working with line managers to ensure that their management style does not unnecessarily increase stress levels in their team
  • giving line managers the right tools to support their team’s wellbeing

Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Advisor, Employment Relations, CIPD

Sian Evans, Head of Leadership and Development, Simplyhealth