Supervisors and Managers

Supervisory management is the act of managing employees in a business. There are many trade and business schools, as well as community colleges which offer certification or degrees in this area. The goal of such courses is to teach people how to be effective in supervisory positions. Training can focus on working with large groups, small groups and as well, running whole companies with supervisory management techniques.

The goal of anyone who is involved in supervisory management should be to help employees most adequately fit with the needs of a company. Such acts as holding meetings, reviewing performance, scheduling, assigning raises or bonuses, and hiring or firing employees could all be part of someone’s job in this field.

Depending upon a company’s infrastructure, those in supervisory management may have a lot of power, or have relatively little. For example, a supervisor may be in charge of scheduling and reviews, but not be able to make decisions regarding raises or termination of employees. Such supervisors are often called middle management. Their primary goals are to ensure production, yet they often lack the ability to give rewards based on increased production.

A manager is a person whose job it is to oversee one or more employees, divisions, or volunteers to ensure that they carry out certain duties or meet specific group goals. Managers can be formal or informal. They are most common within corporations, but are can be found in most any situation where there is a need for a leader to head up individual projects.

Overarching Duties and Roles

Nailing down a manager’s specific job duties or performance requirements can be somewhat tricky since the job title involves so many different kinds of work. Every manager is at his or her core a leader, though, which is where most responsibilities originate. Planning and group-based organization are key parts of the job; supervising, mentoring, and motivating lower-level workers is important, too.

A manager is often called upon to act as the outward “face” of the people he or she supervises. It is often the case that leaders need to drum up support for their team’s work, often by building connections with outsiders. This sometimes comes in the form of fundraising but can also concern publicity or political support.