Managing Smart: Five Tips to Care for Yourself as a Supervisor

Thursday, December 17, 2020

As supervisors, it’s easy to get so caught up in the happiness and success of our team members that we forget to think about ourselves. But, to be a good leader, we must take care of ourselves. Follow these five tips to care for yourself, so you can be the best supervisor for your team.

1. Set boundaries. As a supervisor, we know there are emergencies, but, on most days, 1 a.m. emails are not necessary. Set a schedule and try your best to stick to it. And even with an “open door” policy (now more like “open text” policy with many of us working virtually), ask your team to wait to text you about non-emergency sick days until you’d most likely be awake in the morning.

2. Give yourself grace. Performance Consultant Abe Turner explains in Insperity’s “5 Self-care Strategies for Leaders During Stressful Times” that “when you’re in a position of leadership, you might feel like you have to solve everything immediately. In the process, you might create unrealistic expectations or timelines for yourself.”

He shares that “leaders help organizations when they’re present and available for their employees, empowering them to devise solutions and execute them in the process.”

So don’t put so much pressure on yourself. And what a more perfect place to empower your employees than in Valencia’s collaborative environment.

3. Understand that everyone makes mistakes. According a Get Lighthouse blog post, “To Be a Good Manager, Always Start With Yourself,” accept and embrace that you will always significantly contribute to the success and failure of your team. Taking risks, trying new approaches and being creative are essential to innovating and bringing out the best in your team. And if mistakes happen, fix them and try again.

4. Seek support. When you need it, support is available for you right here at Valencia College. If you’re having challenges with a team member — such as performance or disciplinary issues — or you have questions about other human resources topics such as Family and Medical Leave, payroll or hiring, the Organizational Development and Human Resources (ODHR) Regional Solution Centers are available to assist you. Contact ODHR at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

Additionally, the Supervisor Summit provides opportunities for supervisor networking and development. Read upcoming issues of the Supervisor Segment and watch your Outlook email for invitations to future events. The Summit is an excellent opportunity to build a network of supervisor peers that you can reach out to for support and encouragement when you most need it.

The Employee Development team also offers additional supervisor development opportunities throughout the year that will also be shared in the Supervisor Segment as they are offered.

5. Take a break. With Winter Break just days away, take that nearly two weeks to unplug. Don’t check your email. Don’t try to get caught up. Take a nap. Wrap some gifts. Read a book. Spend quality, uninterrupted time with your family. Then start 2021 with a fresh outlook (we all need it after 2020). For more tips, read Learn How to Unplug Like a Boss.

And after Winter Break, don’t wait for Spring Break to take your next vacay. Take advantage of your vacation days to gift yourself some rest and relaxation.

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