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Supervisor training programs

Health Factors: Employment
Decision Makers: Employers & Businesses
Evidence Rating: Some Evidence
Population Reach: 50-99% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: No impact on disparities likely

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Supervisor training programs aim to improve supervisory skills and increase job retention.

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Improved employee satisfaction
Reduced absenteeism
Reduced mental and physical health problems

Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence suggests that supervisor training can improve work environment and job retention, but are not always successful in promoting behavior change among supervisors (Kawakami 2006, Methot 1996).


United States

Workforce development programs in a number of states, including Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri offer supervisor training.

Citations - Evidence

Kawakami 2006 - Kawakami N, Takao S, Kobayashi Y, Tsutsumi A. Effects of web-based supervisor training on job stressors and psychological distress among workers: A workplace-based randomized controlled trial. Journal of Occupational Health. 2006;48(1):28-34. Accessed on February 24, 2016
Methot 1996* - Methot LL, Williams WL, Cummings A, Bradshaw B. Measuring the effects of a manager-supervisor training program through the generalized performance of managers, supervisors, front-line staff and clients in a human service setting. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. 1996;16(2):3-34. Accessed on March 1, 2016

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January 1, 2011

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