Managers in organization
Supervision is one of the essential roles played by managers in an organization and it is vital for the overall growth and profitability of an entity. Supervision can be formally termed as the relationship which exists between the junior members and senior members in any profession. The relationship is usually evaluative, aims at enhancing skills and knowledge of the junior member(s), extends over duration of time, monitors the value of the services which are offered by these junior person(s) and also acts as an overseer to the profession.
Supervision however does not entail conditioning or even threatening the junior persons to behave in a particular manner which the manager or leader is comfortable with. Supervision entails overseeing the activities of the junior members to ensure that they are in line with an organization’s policies, objectives and goals. Different models of supervision have been developed which are employed in different situations according to the different needs of the juniors.
Supervision also involves helping the employees or junior persons to extend their understanding and professional skills. Effective supervision in workplaces acts as a motivating factor and increases job satisfaction leading to high productivity and hence profitability. However, lack of supervision in workplaces has far reaching negative impacts on employees’ safety, productivity and morale (Plunkett, 1979). Lack of supervision exonerates responsibility for preventing mistakes, problems, accidents and/ or injuries.
It also eliminates the support process usually given to employees thus denying the employees a chance to learn, refer and even have safety at workplaces. Lack of supervision also creates a leeway for practice of unethical behavior within an organization. Without supervision, employees feel as if their labor is lowly regarded and valued by an organization thus making it hard for them to be loyal to the entity. This makes them to deviate from the acceptable practices of business which reduces ethical behaviors in an organization (Savedra & Hawthorn, 1990).
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