Story by Marsha Benedetti
Do supervisors make a difference in the workplace? According to a 2016 Gallup report “State of the American Manager,” supervisors account for almost 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores. The Supervisor Development Program was launched in January due to the important role supervisors have in the retention of employees.
Created in response to requests from AP Council, CP Council and Faculty Council, the Supervisor Development Program helps new and experienced supervisors expand their skills as effective leaders. Since the launch of the program, over 250 have participated in the foundational class “Mindset for Supervisors.” This class receives scores of 4.5 (out of 5) on being helpful to participants in their supervisor role.
Participants have shared glowing remarks about the program:
• “This was a great class! Cannot wait to take additional classes. Thanks for this campuswide effort.”
• “I think this is a good intro class for supervisor development.”
• “Loved it!”
• “Really enjoyed this class, would be interested in further training.”
“We are pleased with the response of the campus community to the program,” says Marsha Benedetti, associate director of the Office for Training and Organizational Development. “Participation and evaluations of the classes demonstrate the importance of providing this type of training for supervisors.”
In addition to the Supervisor Development Program, the office will be launching a new initiative this summer, the Emerging Leaders retreat. Based on Jim Kouze and Barry Posner’s bestselling book The Leadership Challenge, participants will explore the five principles for exemplary leadership to determine their future career path. This two-day retreat is scheduled for June 15 and 22 and July 13 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tamasag. Registration is free.
The Office of Training and Organizational Development will offer classes for the Supervisor Development Program as well as a wide range of professional development classes throughout the summer. Consulting services are also available for customized trainings, retreats and strategic planning. For more information, visit our website or email us at CSUTraining@colostate.edu.