Virtually everyone who has ever had a job has experience of being managed and many will also have experience of being managers in their own right.
As a line manager myself I know it has many challenges. In all professions, there are good, bad and mediocre managers.
However, it could be argued that in healthcare settings the impact of management quality is magnified due to the pressures staff often work under and the potential safety implications for patients.
Sometimes it’s a question of training but other times it’s a question of whether the right person is being promoted. For example, would the best staff nurse automatically become a good ward manager?
I used this example because of the particular focus in recent years on the role of ward managers – also known as sisters and charge nurses – with questions posed on the pressures they face.
But of course there are many other management roles linked to nursing, at every level and in every setting. As a result, Nursing Times felt it was time to investigate this key area of the workforce.
“With Unison, we want to find out what you think about line management in your organisation”
We would like your help in completing a survey we are carrying out in partnership with a major health union on the quality of line management in nursing and the wider healthcare professions.
With Unison, we want to find out what you think about line management in your organisation – both as someone who is managed and, potentially, someone who is a manager.
We want to hear about both good and bad experiences, how you view the management culture at your organisation and a range of other questions designed to allow you to have your say.
I would really appreciate it you could please take 15 minutes to complete our joint survey.
The findings will provide valuable learning and also form the basis of a news story and a discussion at our inaugural Workforce Summit later this year.
The first and last few questions are about peoples’ experience of being managed, while the remainder are aimed at those in line management roles.
Thanks for your help and look out for the findings when we publish them in October.
There is still time to sign up for our Workforce Summit and Awards, which takes place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on 4 October