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Supervisory Skills



  • Increase knowledge of the nature of management work and key activities of supervisors
  • Develop skills of leadership and team working in order to achieve organisational goals
  • Be able to manage staff performance using appropriate approaches
  • Develop change management skills
  • Develop understanding of key aspects of approach to influencing techniques
  • Develop knowledge of own interactive style profile
  • Develop skills in handling people interaction and behaviours including conflict
  • Be able to communicate effectively with all staff and customers
  • Be capable of dealing with informal and formal disciplinary issues according to procedures
  • Develop personal time management and work organisation techniques

Price €1,250 per person


  • Dates available on request. Please call for details, 2 Days + 1 Day





Course Outline
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Introduction to the Programme

Objectives, Content and Expectations

Group Exercise with Analysis and Feedback

Primary Functions of Management and Supervision
Management and operational work
Management/supervisory work activities
Planning and organising process
Leading / motivation of people
Monitoring and controlling activities
Setting objectives and goals for supervisory and team activities
Establishing measurement criteria for managing performance

Team Building and Teamwork
Forming groups and developing into teams
Stages in team formation
Developing team structures
Consensus seeking techniques
Selecting and building team process
Intact teams, cross functional teams and self directed work team operation
Measuring team performance

Team Leadership Skills
Developing of task and people focused approach to leadership
Leadership styles and profiling
Action centred leadership approach using a series of structured exercises practising leadership techniques with analysis and feedback
Role of supervisor as facilitator and coach in the modern working environment

Managing Performance
Setting and communicating standards
Motivation at work
Modern approaches to motivation at work
Performance management and appraisal systems
Developing performance management effectiveness

Concept of Change
Handling the process of change
Identifying the causes of change
Addressing resistance to change and overcoming problems
Management of change through dialogue and consultation
supervising change implementation

Principles of Effective Personal Communications
Basic factors in communication
Evaluation of key processes involved through exercises with discussion
One and two way communications effectiveness
Developing feedback processes

Effective Report Writing
Purpose of reports
Various types and formats
Planning and preparation of reports
Formats and structure – layout and content
Effective use of language
Visual representations

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Introduction to negotiating and influencing skills purpose and objectives
Completion of questionnaire on interactive style
Use of moving skills for influencing others
Interactive skills profile and questionnaire results with feedback and discussion
Handling different behaviours and reactions
Dealing with conflict and aggression
Using transactional analysis principles to deal with conflict / disarming anger
Understanding of assertiveness, aggressive and passive behaviour
How to be assertive in interacting with others
Use of practical role plays with analysis and feedback

Discipline Handling
Need for discipline
Informal and formal approaches
Management / supervisory roles
Types of discipline issues
Taking the informal approach initially
Steps in conducting a disciplinary process
Handling difficult responses including conflict / aggression and emotions

Time as a Key Resource
Characteristics of time
Managing scarce resources
Lost time as waste
Identification of key time waste factors for participants
Analysis and development of techniques to reduce time waste

Use of Time
Questionnaire completion with feedback and discussion
Analysis of activities and use of time
The time planning process – short, medium and long term
Setting objectives and priorities – both work and life focused
Use of diaries and practical day planners for achieving priority / pay off tasks
Project planning for personal workloads
Selecting appropriate methods of communication to minimise time wasting

Workplace Organisation
Desk and file management
Determining levels of accessibility and managing interruptions
Avoiding the ‘paper moving’ syndrome
Basic principles for desk organisation and layout
Handling modern electronic media for reduction of time wasting

Development of Individual and Team Action Plans

Programme Review and Evaluation

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