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The supervisor has several roles to play, but providing information and support to facilitate the employee's development is what is most important.
There are a few basic roles for a supervisor in developing employees. They include:
It is very helpful for an employee to get an honest assessment of their work, as well as access to others who may be able to provide information or coach the employee.
The successful supervisor will also respect every employee's learning curve. It takes time for anyone to learn new skills and be able to apply them well; this does not happen overnight. Building this development time into the application of a new skill set will make the employee more successful.
The Supervisor Self-Assessment form (pdf) can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in developing your employees.
The Supervisory Development Program has many courses and programs to help supervisors and managers in developing their employees.
Employee Career Services provides customized consulting and training to departments on a variety of topics including promoting professional development.