Principles and Objectives
Every Supervisor should have few objectives in mind while working .
- His objective should be not only to build a successful career for himself, but also successfully implement the objectives of the organization.
- To guide the workers for the achievement of a specific task and ensure that the employee so assigned the task work towards the organizational target goal.
- To serve in the organization as efficiently as possible competing with others so as to survive in every changed environment.
- To have good reputation amongst the staff working around him and earn the name 'the best Supervisor'.
- To compete with others showing more and more efficiency in each and every task that he undertakes.
- At periodical intervals conduct self analysis to assess whether he has completed the tasks assigned to him fairly well than the previous periods so that the shortcomings if any noticed can be eliminated in future.
- Enhancing his supervisory competencies.
- Creating opportunities to improve quality added services by improving work procedures wherever necessary.
- Making safety the top priority in the unit work site.
Functions of the Supervisor
The general functions of the Supervisor include following activities such as:
- Planning in the work unit and Scheduling the work:- Work unit planning and scheduling of various tasks involve establishing target goals for the work unit being supervised to meet the requirement of the organization. The planning should ensure that the work unit under his supervision contributes to the achievement of Organizational goal in the best manner.
- Carve out priorities of the task/work assigned :- As a efficient supervisor one need to first identify level of satisfaction of employees being supervised and when lack of positive energy surfaces, then take qualitative measures to meet the targets, and attempt to reduce cost of services in some ways so as to offset the loss on product sale.
- Identifying the weaknesses:- One of the basic functions of the Supervisor is to identify the weak areas which may cause production upsets, in consultation with his trusted team members from the employees to determine appropriate corrective activities. The
supervisor is responsible for executing the tasks without interruption and therefore he has to oversee the
activities at the level of individual employees as well as managing the
set tasks at the work unit level also.
- Developing the work team and assigning work : Since the supervisor determines the skills, knowledge and capabilities of the employees working under him he has to assign task to the most appropriate individual. When assigning work to employees, for each activities the supervisor needs to consider not only what each employee is capable of doing, but also what assignments will provide greater challenges and development to them which will be beneficial to the organization in the long run.
- Implementing the work process : Achieving the target goals and objectives involve tracking the progress of work and assignments given to the individual employees. The tracking process should truly reflect the work cycles within the work. Supervisors should develop their own method for tracking the progress that provides them with enough information to identify impediments detrimental to the task in hand and resolve them at the right time without overly burdensome to either themselves or to their employees. The
impediments could arise in the form lack of skills and lack of knowledge of the workers
to understand the task, or short time available to complete tasks, or even extraneous factors such as lack of coordination issues with other work units etc. Once everything is identified and settled the supervisor implement the program to achieve its goals and objectives.
..........to be continued