Supervising Employees: Supervising Tips!

When supervising a project, make sure you and your team get the job done.

As a businessperson on the go climbing the career ladder, you will very often find yourself working as a supervisor.

Here are several guidelines you can follow to make sure your team does a top-quality job:

  • Define precisely what needs to be done to complete the project. Have clear goals in mind yourself even if you want your employees to come up with goals as a team.
  • Find the right people. Look carefully at their past experience, performance and present capabilities. Check references. Be clear about your needs and expectations. If you are on a tight deadline, make it clear. Get a feel if your team works well under time pressure.
  • Don’t assume people know what you want done. Just because people are good at what they do doesn’t mean they know what you need. Be specific. Have everything written down in as much detail as possible. Have checkpoints built into the project. Review progress as you go along instead of waiting until the end.
  • Be clear about what you expect and when you expect it. If work isn’t done properly, be clear about what happens next. Have an explicit policy on how to handle mistakes and substandard work.
  • Be considerate and respectful to the people you supervise at all times. People go out of their way to do a good job when they are appreciated. Reward good work with recognition and praise — always praise more than you criticize.

Follow the golden rule of treating people the way you want to be treated and you will be a great supervisor.

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