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    Your manager has asked you and other veteran supervisors to create a best practices manual for new supervisors. Your assignment is to contribute two best practices for each assigned section of the manual. The sections to which you will contribute best practices cover the following supervisory responsibilities:

    1. Demonstrating Communication Skills
    2. Determining Effective Orientation and Training Methods
    3. Improving Productivity for Teams
    4. Conducting Performance Appraisals
    5. Resolving Conflict
    6. Improving Employee Relations

    where can i go for more detailed information on each of the subjects above so I could write a manual or how to go about go about writing one. My essay has to be about 2000 words so any help is appreciated.

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    This should get you started. My references are included at the end. This information is not intended to be submitted as your assignment, but rather to help you get going and give you direction. It is FULL of great information and resources. I took this class while at UOP and had the same assignment.

    This "Best Practices" manual is being compiled, with the hopes of aiding supervisors for an easier transition into our company. Using best practices is an important detail in relation to becoming a successful leader. Our employees are encouraged in providing feedback concerning best practices already in use. The policy of this company, funding permitted, is to allow for staff training. "As higher education has learned over the years, investing money in development yields results such as improved performance, higher morale, and an employee base that is educated on current trends and issues." (Hopkins, & Hampton, 1995)
    Not only are superiors encouraged to employ "best practices" we also offer training to all other employees. Implementing best practices have resulted in higher moral and increased productivity from all involved. Leadership's strategy must be clearly understood at all levels of the organization. To be successful with internal communication, there is a necessity for all involved to fully understand his, or her role in achieving success, in addition; to what is expected throughout the process.
    While there are constant changes in procedures, our company maintains high goals and standards through empowering our employees. Feel free to offer feedback when done with the reading. We not only encourage all opinions, we appreciate what is learned from all team players.

    Best Practices used for Demonstrating Communication Skills:
    ? "Managers should err on the side of over communicating rather than not communicating enough." (UOP, 2007)

    ? " Managers should create a culture of openness and encourage subordinates to accept change as an opportunity for improvement, rather than something to be feared." (UOP, 2007)

    Communication skills are essential, not only for management but for every employee as well. Details must be known and understood by everyone in the organization, as poor communication skills contribute to failure. "Misperceptions, lack of information, and lack of training, may prevent others from understanding what is to take place." (UOP, 2007) Understanding and asking a question in a clarifying method leads to individuals opening up regarding pertinent issues.
    Remaining neutral throughout communication relays one has separated the individual involved from the issue. Lack of communication skills can contribute to a fundamental breakdown in our department's ability to communicate deadline changes. "Communication within an organization is a critical success factor. The fuzzier the goals, the more chaos in an organization; the more clearly goals are communicated the easier it is for employees to decide what needs to be accomplished. If employees are part of the process, they will understand more clearly.
    "If employees know there is no employee participation, it does not matter how good the plan, it will not work. (Drucker, P. February 1997) Creating a culture of change is essential to the progress made throughout the 21st century. There has been noticeable consistency in employees having issues concerning not accepting changes in the workforce. Communicating positive culture changes encourage various perspectives which provide numerous ideas.
    "In some cases, a culture change was precipitated by the realization of a customer-driven planning process; in other cases, it was the culture change that actually facilitated the accomplishment of the customer-driven planning process. For effective customer-driven strategic planning organizations, the status quo is simply not an alternative." (Drucker, P. February 1997)
    Best Practices for Orientation and Training:
    ? Orientation is used for the purpose of "formally informing the employee's expectations and requirements to be successful." (UOP, 2007)

    ? The main goal of orientation and training is to have employees who have been

    properly trained which will result in "fewer turnovers, higher productivity, more rapid growth, and improved profitability." (UOP, 2007)

    During any orientation and training process, individuals are molded into being the best employees one can have representing a company. Larger companies have the advantage of using orienting as a legitimate investment while in smaller companies the money just might not be there. Upon making all information upfront to ...

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    This "Best Practices" manual is being compiled, with the hopes of aiding supervisors for an easier transition into our company. Using best practices is an important detail in relation to becoming a successful leader.