Effective supervision aims at improving productivity and maintaining a work environment that promotes productivity.
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Supervision can be made simple if an effective system for supervision is created and maintained. To do that, you need to plan, measure, and control your actions and the activities of others.
The first step towards developing an effective system of supervision is planning. When planning, you need to specify performance goals. The goals need to be precise, measurable and communicable. All those involved in the project must know and understand the common goals that they need to achieve.
When you set goals that are measurable, the workers can evaluate their own performance, if desired. It also helps to improve output, as daily goals can be created and measured. Having clear and measurable goals also help to reduce errors, misunderstandings and confusion, which leads to the creation of a smoother and more effective system.
Time is Money
Supervision must aim to reduce the time it takes to complete tasks. Helping employees to manage their tasks better, predicting problems and resolving them in time, and effectively organizing helps to avoid delays and errors. Management of time must not only be practiced but also taught to employees so that they can manage their workload and life better.
Problems are inevitable, and, therefore, must be expected to occur. If you expect problems to occur, you are ready to resolve them successfully. You may face problems such as delays in work, incorrect output, unsatisfactory output, and bad behavior. Some employees can be unskilled, and some unwilling to work hard. For the unskilled employees, training will need to be provided. Early identification of their insufficiency by the supervisor can help to save loss of work and time.
Employees that are unwilling to work as expected must be motivated to perform. A supervisor must lead by example and also use motivational techniques to generate the will to work hard among employees. A supervisor may also determine the role of personality and background in the worker’s behavior.
Providing Formal and Informal Feedback
Formal feedback must be provided after the informal feedback has failed, especially if it is negative. When negative feedback is provided, it must be given in privacy to avoid embarrassing the employee in front of colleagues. Good negative feedback is one that encourages the employee to correct his/her mistakes. Negative feedback must always include positive feedback to help the employee improve and lessen the blow.
Informal feedback can be an effective tool to let an employee know that you are involved and in the know. If informal feedback fails to bring results, you may provide formal feedback in privacy and let the employee know of the ultimate result of indiscipline.
Promoting Camaraderie, Not Competition
Through your own behavior and by encouraging or discouraging the behavior of others, you can promote camaraderie among employees. It builds a positive, dynamic and fun atmosphere at work, which helps to reduce stress, jealousy and negativity. And a healthy work environment automatically leads to better output and better morale.
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