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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.

From India, Mumbai
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.

From India, Hyderabad
I wonder what you did wrong when surfing the web!! I found an excellent ppt presentation at by searching the web using key words from your query. Please see Google to see what I did.
Have a nice day.
Leaning and Teaching Fellow (Retd)
The University of Bolton, UK
Chief Advisor, Promentor-consulting

From United Kingdom

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.

From India, Ahmadabad
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!
From India, Mumbai
Simhan, i apologise for addressing you as 'nashbramhall' - didn’t realise my error till later!
From India, Mumbai
It always helps to save time if bloggers give full iformation about what they foun when surfing the web and also give detals of the scenario and why they are dseeking help. For example, had the blogger said that (s)he had found the ppt presentation and given the link, it would have saved unnecessary correspondence.
From United Kingdom
Dear Sir,
Supervision is overseeing the persons at any job/casual overall supervision.
Monitoring is vouching their jobs and advising them, rectifying mistakes if any.
LL.HR & IR Consultant

From India, Hyderabad
Dear All,

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.

Supervisory roles

Role Model






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


Parwej Khan

Executive HR


From India, Calcutta
Dear Menon
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.

From Canada, Calgary

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