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Supervisor: Role Explanation

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Think about the different roles of supervisors in organizations. These individuals are on the front-line of an organization. Think about whether supervisors are selected to excel in all of these roles.

Assist with writing a paper analyzing the important supervisory challenges in the modern workplace, and assess whether the supervisor of the future will require even more skills than are required today. Evaluate how workplace supervision has changed over the past 20 years and whether supervisors are selected to meet these challenges. Using Target as a familiar organization as a source of examples if necessary.

References: At least five (5) resources. In addition to these specified resources.

Length: 5-7 pages

Use current APA standards.

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The main challenges faced by supervisors in the workplace is that they lose focus, they have to deal with a large number of communications through electronic means, face inept employees, high work pace, and open dissention in the workplace. In addition, in the modern workplace it is the responsibility of the supervisor to fire employees, complete all paperwork, and provide training. Further, there are requests from employees for advice, assistance, and excessive work pressure.

The role of the supervisors in the past had been to plan, direct, and control the work done by subordinates. The role of supervisor has changed because the organizations have shifted to team based organization structure. Even though the supervisor is present in the team, the team is given more authority to decide how to work. There are self-directed teams. In such situations if the supervisor sticks to his traditional role he will hinder the team development process. This means that the supervisor has to be retrained and made aware of his new roles (1). The supervisor must carry out the roles that have traditionally allocated to him. He is responsible for planning and organizing. He must set the work schedule of workers, guide them in the nature of work and provide them with working conditions. He must ensure that the environment in which the employees are working is safe, comfortable, and conducive to the work allocated to employees. In addition, the supervisor must provide leadership and guidance to the employees. He must motivate them (2). The functions of the supervisor still include recording the actual performance against the time schedule, checking of progress of work, identifying deviations if any, and if some problems are not solved these must be reported to the top management. The role of the supervisor is important because he is the key person between the management and the workers. Since, he is direct touch with workers; he can win their confidence, solve their problems, and act on humanitarian grounds. Further, he can get help and assistance from management. In addition, the supervisor must report to the management about cost, quality, and employee performance. The modern supervisor continually strives to increase the productivity of employees, keep the morale of workers high, and provide satisfying working conditions. He also works ...

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The response provides you a structured explanation of changing role of supervisors in an organization . It also gives you the relevant references.

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