Supervisor FAQs:


Q: Is a supervisor first and foremost an overseer whose main responsibility is to ensure that a group of subordinates get out the assigned amount of production?

A: Yes, when they are supposed to do it and within acceptable levels of quality, costs and safety.

Q: Are supervisors person-centered?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a supervisor a senior scientist or scholar who, along with their own responsibilities, aids and guides a postgraduate research student, or undergraduate student, in their research project?

A: Yes, offering both moral support and scientific insight and guidance.

Q: Are supervisors uniquely positioned through direct daily employee contact to respond to employee needs?

A: Yes, and problems, and satisfaction.

Q: Are supervisors democratic?

A: Yes.

Q: Are supervisors supportive?

A: Yes.

Q: Are supervisors flexible?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a supervisor responsible for the productivity and actions of a small group of employees?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a supervisor also given the power to approve work hours and other payroll issues?

A: Yes.

Q: Are supervisors more autocratic?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a supervisor provided a budget developed by management within which constraints the supervisor is expected to provide a productive environment for the employees of the supervisor's work group?

A: Yes.