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Do you Really Need Supervisor Training?

If you are promoted to a supervisory or team leader position you may not need supervisor training.
First, let’s consider the difference between a manager and a supervisor.
According to F. John Reh, “A supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day performance of a small group. It may be a team, or a shift. The supervisor has experience in what the group does, but is not necessarily better at it than everyone he/she supervises.
The supervisor’s job is to guide the group toward its goals, see that all members of the team are productive, and resolve problems as they arise.
A supervisor generally does not have the power to hire or fire employees or to promote them. A supervisor usually recommends such action to the next level of management. The supervisor does, however, often have the authority to change the work roles of the members of the team, for instance deciding which individual will work at which station.”
In addition, most supervisors don’t have budgeting responsibilities.
So if you’re doing a job you know and helping others in your team, do you really need supervisor training? That depends on how far up the corporate ladder you want to climb.
Most supervisors are keen to move into a management position and as a result you may want to start developing management skills in your current position.
If that’s the case, it’s important to assess supervisor training that offers introductory or, components of, management attributes.
Here’s what you can watch out for when assessing courses:

  •     Introduction to leadership
  •     Essentials of communication
  •     Supporting change
  •     Time management and delegation
  •     Understanding the basics of performance management
  •     Coaching / mentoring for beginners
  •     Setting and achieving goals

Click the link to discover the management fundamentals that will assist you in determining what education you may need for this time in your life.

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