The Transition to Supervisor

The Transition to Supervisor 

Congratulations! You have been promoted into a supervisory role! You have distinguished yourself in your work, and that fact has been recognized by your managers. With that promotion come a new role and new responsibilities – some expected and others not. You have a new set of expectations for your work, and you are the voice of the organization in the team you now lead. This course is designed to prepare you for a smooth initial transition to your new position of leadership. It will cover the basics of changing relationships and how to handle difficulties along the way.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professional Frontline Supervisor Training


Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


This program is approved for 1.00 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 163005.

Human Resources Certification Institute


This program has been approved for 1.00 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

SHRM Preferred Provider


This course is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-TRANSUP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify and demonstrate certain individual changes necessary for a successful transition to supervisor.
This may include some changes in peer relationships, including the ability to identify some potential problem situations and demonstrate interactions that control or resolve them.
Emphasize communication strategies that are designed to improve the transition process.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: First Things A. Your new responsibilities B. Act right away to open dialogue C. Meeting with your staff D. Practicing the art of listening E. The days of complaining are over F. Leveraging the credibility you have earned G. The job doesn’t change who you are, just what you do H. You’re only new once; handling change with care I. Exercise: The summary email J. Review K. Summary Section 3: Your new relationship as a supervisor A. You are the voice of the organization B. New friendships built on common mission and values C. Equal treatment in the face of unequal performers D. Emphasize the respect and value you place on their input E. Your former coworkers are a valuable network, and they need to know that F. Leverage skills in others that you have seen first hand G. Goals: your best friend when dealing with staff and your manager H. Exercise: Confrontation I. Review J. Summary Section 4: Start Being a Leader A. Don’t take your old job with you B. Do your new job: direct, teach, coach, and correct C. Be confident; people want to be led D. Seek mentorship and growth E. Expect problems (and some will be yours) F. Transparency and frequent reporting G. Handle problems in private H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References

Instructor: David Morstad, M.Ed.
David Morstad, M.Ed., has served as a Corporate Director of Training, VP/Communications, and is a veteran of nearly forty years in the human services field. He is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and a sought-after writer and speaker on issues of leadership in the disability field. Disclosure: David Morstad, M.Ed. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: General Staff; Human Resource Professional; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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