IS SUPERVISION FOR ME? ®
This one-day in-house seminar provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about supervision and whether they are suited for a supervisory position. In the morning we explore the roles and duties of supervisors to include interviews from supervisors that have been in the job for a year: likes, dislikes, surprises. We establish the organization's expectations and offer multiple avenues for developing supervisory skills. In the afternoon we provide a variety of assessment tools to assist participants in determining whether they are a good fit for the task. Perhaps most importantly we create an appreciation on the part of employees for how complex and demanding the task of supervision really is.
The presentation takes a neutral stance with regard to supervision. We neither encourage nor discourage participants from choosing supervision. Nonetheless, the information presented throughout the day has a dramatic influence on that decision. Participants provide a numerical rating describing their interest in supervision at the beginning of the seminar and again at the end. Typically over half the participants have either increased or decreased their interest in supervision by the end of the day. The seminar is important in both encouraging the right people to become supervisors and discouraging those who are not suited. Elements of the program include:
1) The distinct skill sets needed for supervision:
- One-on-one relationship / leadership / communication skills needed to motivate individual employees.
- Team building skills needed to build a well-coordinated team.
- Mediation / communication skills needed to respond to both senior management and subordinate expectations.
- Cooperation / coordination skills needed to be effective on your manager's team.
- Networking skills needed to bring information and resources back to your team.
- Time management, meeting management, goal setting and priority setting skills needed to make the maximum use of the resources of your team.
2) Survey and interview data from individuals who have completed their first year as a supervisor:
- The rewards of supervision.
- The challenges of supervision.
- The surprises that they wish they had known about at the beginning.
3) Self assessment tools
- Identification of each individual's needs, talents, and career anchors.
The individual benefits since they are better able to make an informed decision regarding a supervisory path. Existing supervisors benefit as participants more fully appreciate the challenges and complexity of their role. Other employees benefit because those participants who move on to supervision have made an informed decision and are better prepared for the task. The organization benefits from a more informed professional management cadre. Instead of promoting personnel to a supervisory position, investing in their supervisory training only to find that they are not suited for supervision, or they do not want the challenge, this allows both the individual and the organization to make a more informed decision at the beginning of the process.
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