New member paper: Out of sight, not out of mind: The importance of line management in the virtual world for employee wellbeing and performance

HR Network news

23 Mar 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a significant and rapid shift in how and where work is done. The mandated lockdown, and the government enforcing working from home where possible to reduce the virus transmission (Belzunegui-Eraso and Erro-Garcés, 2020), had an impact on everyday organisational operations, but also changed relationships between line managers and their employees. This change has a number of implications for management skills and practices with potential knock-on effects for employee wellbeing and productivity. How managers adapt to these remote conditions is important for organisations to consider (Contreras et al, 2020).

In this paper, second in the IES Perspectives on HR 2021 series, Zofia Bajorek discusses the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown for management practices, the employment relationship and wellbeing, and provides evidence-based recommendations for line managers and HR.