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Line management

Listen to part of a radio programme where a manager is talking about dealing with staff.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I have never been formally in that position but in fact I have influence on developing on two young colleagues. I would like to impose strong influence on them in order to educate them and make them better lawyers.

No, I haven't.
In my opinion, a good manager needs to know the work process well and be able to communicate with the team.

Yes. I had.

Have you ever line-managed staff? No, I haven't.
I hope I will try in the future.

Hi everybody from Spain,

I manage a staff of 20 people and I think the most importat think is to know how to keep your staff motivate at anytime, in addition to treat each one of them in a different way according with their personality and way of work.

Have a nice weekend

Dear sir,
I don't understand these sentences "And then there’s the sheer variety. You plan your work, you have to get yourself well organised, but ultimately no two days are ever the same" mean?
Can you please explain these sentences. Thank you very much! Have a nice night!

Hello quynhanhNT,

'And then there's the...' is an expression used when we want to add some extra information or an extra argument to what we are saying.

I'm not sure what part of the rest of the sentence is not clear for you - it is all quite literal in meaning.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, sir!
How about this sentence " Well, I did the standard round of applications from university and this is my second employer" It means like: I learnt the subject "managing staff" at university, I know a basic of managing staff subject, and already worked in this field before?
Have a nice night, sir!

Hello quynhanhNT,

'I did the standard round of applications' means that the speaker sent out many applications, as is normal.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It's really difficult to manage people but if you pay attention to the way you choose to communicate them your decisions it can turn the job easier than it is