Supervisors and their Role in the Organization...

Supervisors and their Role in the Organization Supervisor is a person who is in charge of, and coordinates the activities of a group of employees engaged in related activities within a unit of an organization. He is a front line manager and is responsible for getting the non-executive employees to carry out the plans and policies set by the management. A supervisor is also sometimes being called as a front line supervisor since he is the first link between the management and the non-executive employees. A supervisor plan, direct, motivate, and monitor the work of non-executive employees at the operational level of the organization. Supervisors are the first-level executives, since they have only non-executive employees reporting to them. Supervisors can also be second-level supervisors when they supervise a combination of other supervisors and non- executive employees. Place of supervisors in the organizational structure is given in Fig 1. Fig 1 Place of supervisor in the organizational structure The main job of a supervisor is supervision which is defined as instructing, guiding, monitoring and observing the employees while they are performing their duties in the organisation. The word supervision is the combination of two words, i.e., supervision where super means over and above and vision means seeing. So, supervision means seeing the activities of employees from over and above. Supervisors are member of management and hence they also carry out in the front line the so called four functions of the management namely planning, organizing, directing and controlling. Supervisors are leaders for their team. They play very important role in the organizational functioning. Their thinking and actions are to be professional and disciplined. They are to have positive approach to work environment.  They are to think in a systematic way. They need to approach the...

Workplace discipline

Workplace discipline Workplace discipline is the discipline which the employees are to observe at the workplace. It is fundamental to the smooth running of an organization. The organization runs efficiently when all its processes functions normally and the normal working of the processes occurs when the all the procedures are followed without any deviations. The word ‘discipline has the same origin as the word ‘disciple’. Just as the disciple follows the teachings of his teacher, so discipline means following the rules, laws, and procedures of the organization or the technical processes of the workplace.  As per dictionary the meaning of discipline includes instructions and learning. It also includes improvement, correction as well as punishment. Discipline is defined as a force that prompts individuals and group of employees to observe rules, regulations, systems, processes and procedures which are considered to be necessary for the effective functioning of the organization. It is also defined as an activity that involves acting in accordance with a set of known rules, proven guidelines and conventions framed for the purpose. It is basically an attitude of the mind and a product of culture and environment. Discipline refers to the regulation of behaviour of the employees of the organization involving rules that govern goal orientation and behaviour of employees inside and outside the organization. Workplace discipline consists of those features of discipline which the employees are to observe at their workplace. There are two major features of the workplace discipline (Fig 1). These are given below. Observation without any deviations the technical instructions, procedures, standards, guidelines, and practices of the technological processes which the employees are operating at their workplaces Observation of the rules and regulations of the organization which the management has framed for the functioning of the organization Fig1...

Sustaining High Performance for Excellence...

Sustaining High Performance for Excellence The high performance of an organization is determined by how well it is meeting the expectations of its key stakeholders (customers, investors, employees, suppliers, regulatory authorities and the public). In the turbulent  environment which the organization has to undergo in its life span, creation and sustenance of high performance is always a challenge for the organization. There are many cases where  highly successful organizations of the past have failed to exist today or just have become an average performing organization. The environment under which an organization operates undergoes a constant change and hence it calls for new approaches and processes by which change is to be addressed in the organization. The organization can succeed in the new environment only if it plays its role with competence and it focuses on using knowledge to guide its actions. The organization culture must be built to thrive in the performance in an environment of continuous change. It must have processes which are not only continuous evolutionary or incremental, but also continuous and transformational. Though for sustaining high performance, the strategy, operational discipline, talented people are normally considered as essential requirements, but the key for the sustenance of high performance is the developmental culture of the organization which is not replicable outside the organization. The high performance culture of the organization must have a unique personality and soul which cannot be invented and imposed. The organizational character is to be discovered from within the organization based on shared value and heritage. The unique personality and soul of the organization must have high performance values and behaviors (Fig 1) such as high aspirations and a desire to win, external focus, think like owners, bias to actions, individuals who team, and passion and energy etc....

Organizational Discipline...

Organizational Discipline Discipline is required for any activity where people work together toward a common objective. The opposite of discipline is anarchy, where each person does what he wants without concern for others. Any organization depends on group cooperation, and cooperation cannot be achieved without discipline. Discipline is the structure and order within an individual or within a group that allows for true cooperation, real support of the mission and the members of the team or organization. Organizational discipline is the orderly and systematically conducting the affairs of the organization by the organizational members who strictly adhere to the essential rules and regulations. These employees/organizational members work together and cooperate harmoniously with each other as a team so as to achieve organizational vision and mission as well as organizational goals and objectives and they truly understand that the individual and group aims and desires must be matched so as to ensure organizational success. While punishment plays a role in maintaining discipline, such usage does not help in an organization which has a mission to succeed. Disciplinary authorities in an organization should know that an employee motivated by fear would not perform efficiently in his job and may not perform well under conditions of emergency. Hence emphasis on training in place of punishment is a better way to achieve organizational discipline. The objectives of the organizational discipline are (i) to obtain a willing acceptance of the rules, regulations and procedures of an organization by its employees so that organizational goals can be achieved, (ii) to impart an element of certainty despite several differences in informal behaviours pattern and other related changes in an organization, and (iii) to develop among the employees a spirit of tolerance and a desire to make adjustments. Organizational discipline is an...

Disciplined way of working...

                      Disciplined way of working The concept of discipline is as old as man’s desire to form society. In fact, discipline is the pre-requisite of civilized life. It is indispensable to peaceful and orderly social life. Discipline is one of the basic requirements in a man’s life. It is a part of a standard way of living. A man without discipline can achieve nothing worthwhile in life. The strength of a man is mainly dependent on discipline. Discipline is the very condition of progress, stability and strength. Discipline is necessity in all walks of human life. Wise men preach discipline while great men practice it. Discipline is vital to every living being. It is essential in everyday life. Discipline cannot be acquired from books. Nor can it be learnt from teachers. It has to be a natural component in a man’s life. To be disciplined is always in our hand (Fig 1)    Fig 1 Discipline and us  Definition of discipline  Discipline is defined as a force that prompts individuals and groups to observe rules, regulations, systems, processes and procedures which are considered to be necessary for the effective functioning.It is also defined as an activity that involves acting in accordance with a set of known rules, proven guidelines and conventions framed for the purpose. It is basically an attitude of the mind, a product of culture and environment. Discipline refers to the regulation of behaviour of members of an institution involving rules that govern goal orientation and behaviour of members inside and outside the institution. Disciplined working  Discipline is an aspect of behaviour. It involves in using of using of sound methods with consistency. Disciplined working is needed most whenever human error can cause harm, substantial inconvenience or expense. Disciplined way of working is designed to reduce/eliminate...