Just Become a Supervisor? Read these 6 tips

Your coworkers, friends, and family may celebrate when you gets promoted to the next level. Moving up to the supervisory level gives not only a pay rise, but also opportunity to perform better duties. It seems that the grass is now greener at your workplace to enjoy. You now lead a team. Well-done!

However, things are not as easy as your non-supervisory roles. Holding this new position is nerve racking experienced for most newly promoted supervisors. When you move to the supervision level, your relationship with your peers changes because you are their team leader now.

With your old job, you focused only on your performance, target, or KPIs. New position changes focus from individual achievement to team’s as a whole. Now your job is to make sure that team’s work is done effectively because you are completely tied to the performance of other people. There are much more to do now such as to encourage, solve problems, push, and pull team etc.

To handle a supervisory role and ensure team’s success, here are 6 tips you may want to read to be prepared for your newly promoted supervisor roles.

1. Mind your behavior

Generally grapevine is everywhere at workplace, so as a supervisor you should get yourself away from gossiping. People speak ill of other employees and management during coffee break, lunch time, in the elevator, or at their office table. When you see these behavior, don’t get involved in conversation.

For friendship, you should make balance for your communication with everyone in your team. Choosing only certain friends, and not others destroys team spirit and unity. In contrast, too close relationship steals away your authority power; for example, you will feel too sad to give penalty to the person you have close relationship with.

2. Don’t be a rescuer

Don’t give people fish, but teach them how to fish so that they learn to catch fish later without your support. When your team face challenge, don’t jump in to help. Instead, you should teach them how to solve problems, make things done, and support each other. This way gets them involved to build better teamwork and employee engagement.

3. Set standard to measure success

To measure team’s progress, you should set standard criteria to indicate success for your team. The thing to look at is to check work quality and cost effective. Also, see if team can follow timeliness when executing projects. As supervisor, you should often follow up to make sure everyone is on the right track to achieve team’s common goal.

4. Get everyone engaged

In addition to team meeting, you should make time to meet your team individually to see their expectation from you and show yours to them. Take time to explain, refresh, and keep everyone active about their goals. It is vital that you make them see how their effort contribute to, or have impacts on team’s success.

5. Stand firm with your goal

As a supervisor, you need to enhance the practice of rules and regulation for your team. Make sure everyone takes it serious to enforce them because good discipline shapes their way of thinking and doing their job. Plus, you need to be serious about achieving goals of team as well as those of company. Take time to meet, refresh, energize, and encourage them to reach team’s goals.

6. Learn from others

If you feel like having support on team supervision strategies, you should go to discuss your concern with other peer experienced supervisors to whom you are close. Alternatively, you can find consultation about leadership techniques with your management. Doing this way, you could learn their leadership skills and share experience with each other.

These are just some tips for those who are newly promoted to supervisor. If you feel need advice, these tips help you quite a lot during the first two or three weeks on the job. Because you are not born a leader and don’t have enough confidence to supervise your team, you can follow this advice or apply your own strategies to make the best of team success. With your new promoted position, I hope you’ll become a great supervisor and wonderful leader in the future.

Your turn!

Which of the above tips (or your strategies) that helps a new supervisor?

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