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Why is being a better manager good for business and good for the people who work for me?

If your staff are involved and satisfied at work they can bring real benefits to your organisation. Below we list some resources that will help you understand more about how:

  • developing the skills of your managers and your own skills can have a positive impact on your business
  • tackling issues such as work related stress, absence and conflict in the workplace can reduce the negative impact on your business.

The positive impact of good management

Employee engagement

The Acas policy discussion paper pdf  Building employee engagement [386kb] which looks in some detail at the building blocks of employee engagement and identifies some of the key policy implications for employers, trade unions and employees.

The MacLeod Review - Enhancing performance through employee engagement - BIS [PDF,  973kb]

The downloadable PDF report from BIS argues that wider delivery of employee engagement could have a positive impact on UK competitiveness and performance both during the downturn and in powering through to recovery.

Front line managers

This Acas advisory guide on will help you find answers to the questions: Who are front line managers? Why are they so important? What problems do they face and what do they need? How can you help them become more effective?

Health, Work And Wellbeing

The pdf  Advisory booklet - Health Work and Wellbeing [603kb] covers the connection between health and work. Is work good for your health? What makes a healthy workplace? The role of line managers. Getting employees involved. Promoting workforce health. Job design and flexibility.

Best Practice: Healthy Workplace, Healthy Workforce - Guidance for Managers - Chartered Management Institute

CMI's best practice guide on health and well-being issues, the effects on organisations, strategies for dealing with ill heath, and how policies may be implemented.

Promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions: guidance for employers - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Formal guidance from NICE includes sections on why work is important to employees' mental wellbeing, and why it is important to organisations' productivity and performance, as well as recommended action to be taken by employers.

Leadership

Exceeding Expectation: the principles of outstanding leadership - The Work Foundation

The Work Foundation's study from January 2010 highlights the key differences between good and outstanding leadership.

Quality Of Working Life And Job Quality

Good jobs - Health & Safety Executive

This HSE Research Report on 'Good Jobs', identifies factors that contribute towards a 'Good Job' and discusses how job quality, employee health, and an employee's ability to perform productively at work, are closely linked.

Meeting the UK's people management skills deficit - CIPD [PDF, 194kb]

PDF download of the joint CIPD/Acas discussion paper highlighting why people management skills are central to attempts to improve UK productivity and outlining the key people management competencies.

Research on The Quality of Working Life - Chartered Management Institute

A free executive summary of CMI research, based on the views of 1,511 managers, which demonstrates the links between health, motivation and productivity at work.