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Effective Supervision

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on May 23, 2006

Managers have such a tremendous impact on employee job satisfaction and productivity that it’s often said employees join an organization but leave a supervisor. But despite the acknowledged importance of this responsibility, many supervisors are untrained or ill-equipped to meet the challenges of their role. In a recent survey we conducted among our clients and colleagues, we asked individuals to respond to the following statement, “My current supervisor provides guidance, support, and timely feedback to help me work productively.” While 46% of them said they agreed or strongly agreed, an almost equal number, 45%, said they disagreed.

Think about your own company:
Are almost half of your employees feeling unsupported, dissatisfied, and therefore not producing up to par?
How are you developing, sustaining, and therefore retaining, the best members of your workforce?
What are you doing to maintain a complement of skilled and competent supervisors?

Effective, ongoing communication, opportunities for training and development, coaching, and open, active feedback loops are excellent places to start. Remember, supporting the relationship between supervisors and employees supports the organization as a whole.

Mallary Tytel
CEO and Founder
Healthy Workplaces
Bolton, Conn.

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