From the Ask Tom mailbag –
I was just promoted from team leader to supervisor. My boss told me not to worry, things wouldn’t be that different. With all due respect, I think things will be different, I just don’t know in what way?
The biggest difference is the time span of your goals and objectives. As a supervisor, your focus will shift to the future.
As the team leader of your crew, you thought about what needed to be produced this week. As a new supervisor, you have to think about the schedule for two weeks, three weeks or more, depending on the variables in your system. It’s not just people, also, materials (with lead times), equipment, preventive maintenance, consumables, logistics, raw material specs, system constraints, first piece inspections. Your job will require more prep and staging time.
All of this requires you to think further into the future, using your own discretionary judgment to make decisions and solve problems.