Middle managers – ‘the engine of the business’

If, like me, you’ve been in a position or role as a manager, a line manager, or a a ‘middle’ manager, then I’m sure you’ve felt a little overlooked at times, even bypassed as work filters down from the senior teams to the production or operational teams you’re responsible for. It goes through you and sometimes connects to you. But often you’re just the conduit to help make it happen.

There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just sometimes part of the role we play.

Before lockdown, being a middle manager was all about resource management, skills development, talent acquisition and recruitment, professional development, line management, etc. Before lockdown it was mostly face-to-face, as was the requirement of the business.

Overnight this changed; we closed the offices and all started working from our spare rooms, kitchens, loft conversions, bedrooms, garages, and even the shed. We set up our desks wherever we could find the room, and continued to do our work with everything else going on around us.

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