Supervisor promises: Don't make one you can't keep
As a supervisor, you no doubt understand that part of your role is to give your employees the tools they need to do their work and to keep them motivated. It's important for your employees to be able to count on you as they do their part in helping to achieve your organization's goals.
You may be under great pressure to produce results, and you may find that you are often in the middle, working back and forth between your employees and your own supervisors to get needed resources.
It may be tempting to promise your employees pay increases, changes in classification and benefits, or an exception to a University policy in an effort to retain them or motivate them to produce the results you need.
The problem is that if you don't involve your Business Office and Human Resource Services (HRS) before talking to your employees, you may find that you can't deliver on your promise. There may be a regulatory issue, or it may be that there are not enough resources to do what you want to do. This may cause you to be embarrassed in front of your employees, and can strain your relationship with them.
All of this can be avoided! How?
Tell your Business Office and HRS what your goal is up front. That's all ï¿½ tell us what you want, and we will work together to do our best to help you get it.
There are only a few reasons we might not be able to give you exactly what you want:
Even if one of the above conditions exists, we can and will continue to work with you to find other options so that you can accomplish your goals.
Once you know that it can be done or once you have a good alternative, THEN talk to your employee.
What should you do if one of your employees asks for more money, a higher classification, or an exception to a policy?
The bottom line is that Purdue University is extremely large and complex with many interdependencies. Your Business Office and HRS want to work with you to meet your needs as optimally as possible. This is most readily accomplished when we partner together with open, honest, and constructive dialogue.
- Deb Turner, assistant director
Go to the LeadingEdition Home Page
Visit the LeadingEdition index of articles and past issues.
LeadingEdition is an electronic newsletter for Purdue University supervisors. It is produced and distributed by Purdue University Human Resources four times annually. If you have questions, comments or suggestions relating to the newsletter, please call 49-41679 or email us. Thank you.