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Supporting New Supervisors in Their Role

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


When employees take on a new role as a supervisor, it is an exciting time for them. The promotion from a staff position to management is a major change in the employee's function, recognizing their skills and potential. It also comes with increased responsibilities and requires the development and use of new skills. As a supervisor, the job responsibility now extends beyond their own objectives and development goals to leading a team to achieve its productivity goals.

The importance of a new supervisor succeeding in their new role cannot be understated, for themselves or for the organization. Supervisors have a great influence on the work climate and culture, with a direct impact on employee productivity, engagement and retention. Many employees say a poor manager was the reason that they left their organizations, while also acknowledging that it would require a sizeable pay increase to lure them away from a manager who engages them. The need for new supervisors to succeed, then, is clear.

This guide offers insights into providing the support and training new supervisors need as they start in their role to ensure they achieve success.