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When does a business need a supervisor?

When does a business need a supervisor?

Do you need someone to oversee the staff in your business, someone that can perform many functions to help reach efficient productivity?  Then it is about time you employed a supervisor. 

Supervisors will bring stability and soundness in your business, which can be secured, through increase in profits, which is an end result of higher productivity. 

Your business needs a supervisor if you are concerned with the following functions in your business:

  • Planning and Organising – A supervisor’s basic role is to plan the daily work schedule of the staff by guiding the nature of their work and also dividing the work amongst the staff according to their interests, aptitudes, skills and interests.
  • Addressing situations - When conflict arises in a work group, it is the supervisor who must first address the situation. The supervisor moves in quickly to assess the situation and help the sides to come to an agreement.

A supervisor can help employees by preventing conflicts from getting elevated to the management or executive levels. Because of the close working relationship a supervisor has with his staff, he is able to understand both sides of a conflict and appeal to each party in ways that the parties can better understand.

  • Motivation - A supervisor plays an important role by providing different incentives to workers to perform better. There are different monetary and non-monetary incentives which can inspire the workers to work better.
  • Feedback - During supervision, a supervisor is always in direct contact with staff. As a result, ideas, suggestions, complaints, etc. of employees with regard to managerial decisions are continuously received by the supervisor. This facilitates the process of receiving feedback and helps to take better managerial decisions.
  • Productivity - The supervisor's responsibility to the company is to ensure that the work group operates and maximum efficiency. The supervisor is presented with production goals for the group, and then she must determine the ways in which the group will meet those goals. It is up to the supervisor to develop an understanding of the skill levels of each employee and properly apply those skills to maintaining company productivity levels.
  • Linking Pin - A supervisor proves to be a linking pin between management and workers. He communicates the policies of management to workers also passes instructions to them on behalf of management. On the other hand, he has a close contact with the workers and therefore can interact the problems, complaints, suggestions, etc to the management. In this way, he communicates workers problems and brings it to the notice of management.

Looking for a supervisory skills course? Read more about the supervisor courses we can offer you and book onto our supervisor training at London TFE.


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