“My boss just told me, now I am the manager. She didn’t tell me I was supposed to do anything different than what I was doing as a supervisor,” explained Lawrence.
“That’s because most companies don’t truly understand the role of the manager,” I nodded, “nor the tools they use to get their work done.”
S-III Manager – creates the system in which work is done
S-II Supervisor – makes sure production gets done
S-I Technician – production work
“For the people who do production work, (S-I) the tools are real tools, machinery and equipment, that’s easy to see. But what are the tools of the supervisor?” Lawrence looked quickly to the left to see if the answer was written over my shoulder.
“The role of the supervisor (S-II) is to make sure production work gets done, so the tools of the supervisor are schedules and checklists. The supervisor uses those tools to make sure the right people are at the right place using the right materials on the right (well-maintained) equipment.”
“So what are the tools of the manager?” asked Lawrence.
“The role of the manager (S-III) is to create the system, and make the system better. The tools of the manager are flowcharts, time and motion, cause and effect sequence, role definitions and analysis.
“The work of the manager is different than the work of the supervisor and requires different tools.”