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Could any of you share with me the difference between Supervision and Monitoring? I have been surfing the internet for related information but not getting much, so thought i would tap this resource.
According to me difference between supervision and monitoring are as following:
1. Supervision is done by supervisor and monitoring is done by monitor.
2. Supervision is for long time duration and monitoring is for sort time.
3. Supervision is wider term which includes monitoring but monitoring don't includes supervision.
4. In supervision there is more people touch (care) then monitoring.
Supervision is mostly used for people and monitoring mostly used for system and projects. Example - we monitor systems and not supervise them.
5. Responsibility of supervisor is much wider then monitor. For mistake of employee supervisor is accountable but same is not the case in monitor.
Fundamentally both words mean exactly the same thing, though monitoring might denote more responsibility. The former word comes from the Latin 'monere' meaning to warn or advise, the latter from 'super-videre' meaning to watch over. Webster's Dictionary defines supervision as "the action, process, or occupation of supervising, a critical watching and directing (as of activities or a course of action)"; for monitoring, the definition is "to watch, keep track of, or check usually for a special purpose". Monitoring can be seen to be more specific in being aware of one particular matter, therefore. Often in American schools there exist milk monitors or hall monitors, who themselves may be placed under adult supervision, denoting how physically the adult is taller than the child. At some British schools monitors act as ambassadors of the school, setting an example to younger cohorts, while again they are themselves under supervision. In department stores, speaking to the supervisor will denote an employee who is stuck on a customer enquiry directing him or her to a more senior employee who has extra responsibilities while not directly monitoring the routine of the junior worker. In essence, though, both words mean the same and are to be treated accordingly.
Thank you so much all. Nashbramhall, I had found the ppt when i surfed - that was the only useful thing i found! I wanted more information. what you all have stated - white eagle and humresources is useful. I am in the middle of helping my managers identify from their Supervision and Monitoring plan, what tasks they do is supervisory and what tasks come under monitoring - which is where the query came from. So anything more that you can add that you think i can use will be most welcome!
Typically supervision refers to the activity carried out by supervisors to oversee the productivity and progress of employees who report directly to them.
Supervision is a management activity and supervisors have a management role in the organization.
Supervisors convey information and directives from upper management to employees and are responsible for getting work done.
An art or process by which designated individual or group of individuals oversee the work of others and establish control to improve the work and as well as the workers also.
Communicate and clarify major job duties, priorities, and expectations.
*Establish and communicate performance standards.
* Monitor employees' performance through observation, discussion, etc.
* Document good and unacceptable performance.
*Provide continuous coaching and constructive feedback in a timely manner.
*Hold performance discussions (at least annually).
*Correct poor performance and reinforce good performance.
* Help employees to develop skills and abilities for improved performance.
*Provide necessary information, resources, and opportunities to help accomplish key objectives
Monitoring: routine or continuous measurement of progress while the project is ongoing
Checking and measuring progress
Analyzing the situation
Reacting to new events, opportunities, and issues
I fully agree with the comments of " hum resources". Strictly speaking, Supervision is a word with authoritative component to get the things done in proper way. It is nothing but inspection and control. It aims at doing things in right direction. Monitoring is nothing but a " person or devise which checks, controls, warns, keeps record of something etc.
Literally, both the words convey the same meaning, but depending upon the nature of work and process, supervision and monitoring will take their own course of action.
As I understand the two terms:-
1. Monitor means a person or an instrument to keep a watch over proceedings and possibly alert people responsible to the fact that work is perhaps not happening as it should. So it's role is passive.
2. Whereas, a supervisor implies a person who is responsible to ensure that work is done as per program and, if it does not so happen, take corrective measures to ensure success. It is an active role.
Examples: A student may be made a class monitor or an electronic device may keep track of a patient's progress. Both can raise an alarm but may not be able to intervene and correct. A supervisor on the other hand would be responsible for both monitoring the progress as well as correcting/making adjustments so as to achieve the desired aim.
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