Help them Understand How to Supervise!
Being a highly successful supervisor today requires a fundamentally different skill set than it did even 5 years ago. Your managers are under new pressures to do more with less and derive more value from each employee. It can be hard for them to think about being a progressive and inspirational leader when they are just trying to meet daily job demands.
Supervisors generally aren’t born into the role. They are most often promoted through the ranks and suddenly, sometimes overnight, find themselves leading others, even if they haven’t been given the proper training and skills development. And that’s a problem, because often your most productive employees leave over something their supervisor is doing – or not doing. Whether leaders find themselves too overwhelmed with responsibilities to take an active interest in employee development or haven’t received the proper leadership training to inspire creativity, take risks, and cultivate project ownership, the result is the same.
A common supervisor trouble spot is finding the balance between micro-managing and delegation. New, overzealous managers feel they need to know everything at all times. But from their subordinates’ perspective, they often feel a lack of trust and autonomy.
Don’t wait until your best employee walks out the door. Help your supervisors learn how to walk the fine line between micro-managing and delegating, and give them the skills they need to motivate, lead, and inspire in even the most challenging times.