What is Supervisory Management

It is the art of managing the employees of an organization. The main goal of supervisory management is to help the employees to adapt to the company environment. The activities of supervisory management includes reviewing performance, hold meeting with the employees, planning for hike of employees as per performance and also asking the employee to quit the company if need be.

The degree of power and authority of the supervisory management depends on the management. For example a supervisor may have the authority in reviewing the performance of employees, but he may not have the power to terminate his employment. These are managers who are placed at the middle management level. Their task is to make sure the employees perform well and the rest is left to the top management.

Such kind of middle management supervisors may lack motivation certain times since they don’t have entire authority to manage employees. Even though they may have good interest to help the employees they may be unable to put it across to the top management. Usually they act as mediator between the employees and top management. On the other hand there are other supervisory managers who have greater authority and power like giving a hike in salary, terminating employment on the basis of performance. Such people are often placed as general managers in small companies.

One way to make the employee achieve these supervisory skills is to train them as per the company requirements. The company should train them on strategies followed by them in handling employees in an efficient way. Since every one cannot have in born leadership traits, it is best for any organization to give training to supervisory managers. The organization can train their supervisory managers in eight effective steps which are discussed below:

Plan: the firm must first think whether he or she can overcome obstacles. Whether the supervisory manager can define the objectives of the company to the subordinates.

Organize: train them on how to organize things like time, workforce and money with minimal wastage for any given project to the team.

Control: teach the supervisory manger to control the subordinates and the work of the team without he or she doing it by themselves.

Performance standard to be set: educate the manager as to how to set the performance rating for every employee and to communicate the same to his subordinates.

Appraise performance: train them on the methods used for appraising the performance of each employee of his or her team.

Communication: make them aware that communication is the best tool in getting work done from the employees. He or she needs to be a liaison officer for his team.

Motivation: tell them what motivates the employees and if any kind of techniques used in the past have yielded good results, so that the new supervisory manager can improve on them.

Decision making techniques: finally it is how the supervisory manager applies his decision making techniques to arrive at the objectives and aims of the organization.  

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