I’ve had a number of conversations with individuals lately that either don’t get true supervision or don’t know what it is. I believe supervision is vital to growth and development of any employee and so I figured it’s time to write about it.
Supervision is one-to-one time between an employee and supervisor. It is regularly scheduled, not just in response to a crisis or problem. This time is proactive rather than reactive. Supervision provides the opportunity to talk about things that don’t often get attention during the day-to-day operations. Yes, we find time to ask questions, problem solve and put out fires. What I am talking however is conscious time to look at employee growth. The key to great supervision is that the individual receiving supervision comes out feeling lifted, inspired and engaged in their work. Hint, if they come out feeling like a kid leaving the principles office it was definitely not supervision!
Following are five things you should cover during a scheduled supervision time.
How often should you schedule supervision with your employees? It all depends on the type of work you are doing and your organization. Ultimately monthly would be lovely but we all know that in the real world that may not be able to happen for a variety of reasons. In that case, minimally every three months would be best.
Place this time as a priority. As much as it’s tempting to reschedule when a crisis comes up or to cut the meeting time a little short because there are other pressing issues, I urge you not to. One of your primary roles as a leader is to grow the talent in those that follow you. Your best way to do this, is to focus on growing them. Step by step!
Finally, make sure that you have supervision time for yourself as well. Ask your boss for scheduled time. Bring an agenda. Carve out the time you need to grow yourself!
I’ve attached a sample supervision form for you to use or be inspired by!
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