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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Supervision: More Effective Management Improves Relationships

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

Sometimes it seems like supervisors are constantly looking over the shoulder of workers and other times supervisors are at too great a distance (literally, when working remotely). Workers may want or need more or less supervision but are unsure how to ask for it or make use of it. Not being in the same building does not erase the need for effective management of the supervisor-worker relationship. Career counselors can help both navigate the distance gap, prepare for important conversations, and fix bad habits.

~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A.,

Photo by Amy Hirschi on Unsplash

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“Micromanagement is the destroyer of momentum.” - Miles Anthony Smith
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