What Is Supervision in the Workplace?

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Supervision in the workplace is defined as directing people on the job. According to Rising Sun Consultants, such supervision primarily has to do with establishing a workplace environment that encourages employee growth and development.

The role of supervision should not be confused with that of management, which is more closely related to work process. Supervision places greater focus on coaching, leadership and morale. Some of the keys to effective supervision include having regular one-on-one meetings, establishing formal recognition channels, setting high expectations, encouraging a culture in which staff holds one another accountable and creating opportunities for workers to succeed.

Good supervision also makes allowance for autonomy by delegating responsibility, encourages risk taking, provides for two-way communication and grants opportunities for staff to make meaningful contributions by participating in strategic planning.