Line managers play a huge role in ensuring employee wellbeing through their leadership style, behaviour and the type of support they offer, says Dr Tyna Taskila.

As the bridge between individuals and their organisation, line managers can protect their team from stressors. They are expected to be endlessly resilient, but to what extent do they absorb the pressure themselves?

Companies are increasingly recognising that investing in employees’ health and wellbeing has great potential to make a significant contribution to the economy, public finances and to reduce levels of disease and illness in the working population.

Line managers are often seen as the gatekeepers to this by helping to protect health and prevent future ill health of their employees. While responding to senior managers and organisational objectives, line managers are responsible for the everyday operation of their teams; they need to get individuals to work in a way that meets organisational objectives and team demands while being responsive to their individual needs as employees.

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