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Executives 'must ensure line managers are well-trained'

29 November 2012

Bad line management is causing employee stress and it is important staff in this position are encouraged to improve their performance, an expert has claimed.

Dr Mark Winwood, clinical director for psychological health at AXA PPP Healthcare, told listeners at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) Mental Health Breakfast Dialogue long hours and poor line management are the two biggest contributors to workplace-related stress.

He added that "simple skills like being aware of how your people are looking, sounding and being in the workplace" can make a huge difference to employee wellbeing, reports HR Magazine.

He added that the cost of investing in line management training is far outweighed by the potential benefits it can deliver.

Professor Stephen Bevan, director of the Work Foundation's Centre of Workforce Effectiveness, concluded the conference by suggesting that the links between profitability and employee health are clear, noting that mental health issues cost the UK's economy £52 billion a year.

The government recently launched a new £150 million funding pot to be used to upskill staff.

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