Opportunity: The Good Employment Learning Lab

Organisations operating under Covid-19 are faced with unprecedented and relentless change as well as being under pressure to be innovative and productive. People are an organisation’s core resource and we know that good line management makes a real difference to work quality and productivity, however relatively little is known about ‘what works’ to develop line manager capability to manage people.

The innovative Good Employment Learning Lab project will develop practical insight into ‘what works' to develop line managers. the Good Employment Learning Lab, a new project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to develop and test the most effective ways of supporting line managers to manage people. Manchester Met HR experts are delivering a fully-funded training programme for line managers across Greater Manchester and Cheshire to understand and tackle a variety of management challenges.

Learning Labs are online or offline spaces where researchers, policymakers, practitioners and managers collaborate to understand and address shared problems. They frame ideas for better practice founded on robust theories of change, experiment with interventions that can logically achieve change and evaluate ‘what works.’ At a deeper level, Learning Labs support long-term, trusting and creative relationships and use learning from particular experiments to think about how to address ‘tricky’ problems and will include Masterclasses, Skills Coaching and Peer Learning. 

This isn’t a programme just for professional managers but for everyone who supervises the work of someone else. with particular emphasis on line managers from an ethnic minority background, with a disability, who have less formal education, who are new to managing people or who work in a small business. Applications are particularly encouraged from the GM VCSE sector.

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