Being a first level supervisor can be a difficult, demanding, and challenging job. A typical manufacturing supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day performance of a group of production employees. Often, the supervisor has experience in what the group does and has earned the position based on management's belief that he/she can guide the team.
The new supervisor must navigate the transition from being one of the team members to the individual responsible for guiding work, offering constructive feedback and even disciplining or terminating a long-time coworker or friend. Instead of being a team member, the individual is now part of management.
How often do you promote an employee to the supervisor level without providing training or coaching on how to successfully transition? Supervisors must have the ability to understand, influence, and merge the two worlds of management and workforce. Below are some basic skills that companies must foster in their supervisors:
UT CIS can provide the training required to set your supervisors up for success. One of most popular company engagements is our Leadership and Supervision Program. Over a period of 7.5 non-consecutive days, participants will experience an individualized, practical, "real-world," approach to supervisory leadership. The program is offered as an open enrollment throughout the year but can also be customized to your specific needs and delivered on site. For more information click HERE.
“I enjoyed learning about the 5 different generations in the workplace. I feel like this topic is very beneficial for me because I am one of the youngest employers in our plant."
“The instructors and other participants were diverse in their views and experience and one of the main reasons I enjoyed this program.”
“If I had known about the personality colors in my past leadership role, there may have not been such a conflict. I would have known why we/I did things the way we/I did.”
Graduation photo of Leadership & Supervision Program participants with UT CIS instructors Keith Groves and Andre Temple.