All About Supervision
- Much of the information in this topic is adapted from the books Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision and Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision for Nonprofit Staff.
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Supervision is the activity carried out by supervisors to oversee the productivity and progress of employees who report directly to the supervisors. For example, chief executive officers supervise those who report directly to the chief executives, middle-managers supervise first-level supervisors, and first-level supervisors supervise entry-level employees. Supervision is a management activity and supervisors typically are considered to have a management role in the organization.
It will be tremendously helpful to the reader is he or she first has some basic understanding of the larger context within which supervision occurs. Supervision is a management role.
Gaining Broad Understanding of Supervision
The following links are to articles that give a very good explanation of the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor, regardless of the type of organization in which he or she works.
Definition of Supervision
Typical Experience of a First-time Supervisor
Typical Responsibilities of a Supervisor
Typical Roles of a Supervisor
The Realities of Supervision
Tips and Tricks-Supervising Others
What Do Supervisors Do?
Once the reader understands the roles and responsibilities of supervision,
then he or she can go on to reviewing each of the major functions of the roles,
including any useful guidelines about how to conduct those functions.
Designing the Organization and Staff
Employee Performance Management
Are You the Boss You Need To Be?
What Makes a Great Boss?
Basic Guide to Management and Supervision
Here is a link to a complete, well-organized set of guidelines for the basic functions in supervision. The guidelines comprise a basic guidebook, which can be printed.
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General Information About Supervising Other Individuals
- Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision in Business
- by Carter McNamara, published by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Provides step-by-step, highly practical guidelines to recruit, utilize and evaluate the best employees for your business. Includes guidelines to effectively lead yourself (as Board member or employee), other individuals, groups and organizations. Includes guidelines to avoid burnout -- a very common problem among employees of small businesses. Many materials in this Library's topic about staffing are adapted from this book.
- Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision With Nonprofit Staff
- by Carter McNamara, published by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Provides step-by-step, highly practical guidelines to recruit, utilize and evaluate the best staff members for your nonprofit. Includes guidelines to effectively lead yourself (as Board member or staff member), other individuals, groups and organizations. Includes guidelines to avoid burnout -- a very common problem among nonprofit staff. Many materials in this Library's topic about staffing are adapted from this book.
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