When I started out as a supervisor I had no idea what I was doing. Nobody told me what I was supposed to do. I had a degree in human resources, but it didn’t really prepare me for managing people. I didn’t have any guidance and had to figure it out as I went along.

At one point I was so stressed I was starting to have anxiety attacks and I suffered from depression. It would have been easy to quit and go back to being a machine operator again.

But I didn’t give up. Instead, I read books on management and leadership and kept working on refining my skills and techniques.

As a young supervisor, I felt I was in over my head. The advice I received seemed thin and insufficient. The role models I had didn’t really have the skills to deal with the changing workforce and the realities that a modern supervisor and manager faces.

Today’s workers don’t respond to authoritarian leadership. They want to feel empowered and self-directed. It is more important than ever to take a servant leadership role and offer encouragement and support to your employees.

I understand the realities of today’s work environment because I am living it. I manage a team of 64 employees in a manufacturing environment. When I became a supervisor 14 years ago I struggled. But since that time I have learned a lot and am still learning every day.

This blog is about sharing what I have learned about managing people and what I continue to learn as I continue to progress in my career. Much of my struggles will be familiar to you and are probably things you are struggling with.

Your success is important to me because I have been there; I have lived the struggle. No one likes to be alone when times get tough. There are too few good managers and a lot of crummy role models in this career.

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Let’s take this journey together and make a difference to the people we manage.

Randy Trelka

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