Supervisors Need to Add Value
Technology and the changed work methods render obsolete the traditional supervisory functions such as monitoring, enforcing, time keeping, and policing. Automated timekeeping tools, a shift in compensation structures from performance-oriented pay to results-oriented pay, flextime where employees can choose their own time and output levels, and other changes mean lesser work for the supervisor. In such a scenario companies, always on the lookout to cut cost and shed excess flab, may seriously re-look at the necessity of having supervisors at all.
Supervisors still have a role in the new way of work. Supervisors may, for instance, instead of monitoring, serve by coordinating, and instead of an enforcer, become a coordinator. However, their role no longer becomes indispensable, and as such they always need to ensure that whatever they do adds value to the product, process, and the organization at large.