The Balancing Act When You're In a Supervisory Role

Whether you are a frontline supervisor or a higher-level manager, your role will include supervising others, and doing so effectively, while trying to balance all of your other duties.  Priorities are not always evident, so balancing the demands from your direct manager and the needs from your direct reports can be confusing, and even overwhelming at times.

Here are 4 ways to help you achieve more of balance:

As a supervisor, one of the most important things you can do is learn which activities have the most impact on the most important results. What you choose depends on the expectations that your supervisor has set for you, and the pressure you feel to accomplish all of your tasks and duties.

But it’s not that simple…

Your role is ultimately achieving results through other people. To do this effectively, what I’ve experienced has been helpful is that you compartmentalize your duties/role. See your supervisor duties as separate from your administrative duties. Some supervisors find it helpful to spend half of their time in a day on employee priorities and the other half on their administrative duties.

It’s not uncommon for supervisors to feel that they have to put that report first, and maybe they do, but managing and balancing expectations is key when you are in a leadership position.

Remember as the supervisor your job is to: