Posted By:

Cheryl Miles on April 7, 2016

Importance of Training Supervisors

Although training supervisors on HR matters may not be a top priority for many employers, it’s actually very important. In fact, the money you save in the long run can vastly exceed the money you initially invest. Not to mention, it can spare you a lot of headaches and complications when you know that your supervisors are well versed in HR protocol.


Being an Effective Business Leader

As the head of your company, you know the importance of delegation and equipping your supervisors with the necessary skills to do their jobs effectively. While they obviously need to have the right knowledge and expertise to perform their daily duties, HR is an area that’s sometimes overlooked. But when you consider all of the complex and ever-changing laws that surround HR, it’s obvious that nearly every 21st century business owner will at the very least want to train their supervisors on HR fundamentals.


The Benefits of Supervisory Training

You may ask yourself, “Why would I want to spend the money on this type of training?” It’s simple. Adequate training is vital for keeping your company out of legal trouble. Due to the numerous laws and regulations surrounding workplace discrimination, harassment, safety, retaliation, etc., you’ll want your supervisors to know the ins and outs and how those laws apply to your business.

Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for problems and potential litigation that can bring operations to a screeching halt. After all, do you really want to allow your supervisors to interpret concepts like discrimination and harassment on their own? Of course not — that’s a recipe for disaster. Instead, you want them to understand relevant laws and ensure that they’re following policies that keep your business compliant.


Areas to Train Supervisors

There are three key areas in which supervisors should be trained. First and most importantly is training on relevant laws, which include the following:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act)
  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

You’ll also want your supervisors to be aware of any specific state laws that might impact your business. A state guide found on the Find Law website will provide you with a rundown of laws in your state.

Next, you’ll want to invest in training supervisors on the proper documentation of employee misbehavior and performance issues. This is important because thorough and accurate documentation can protect you if a disgruntled employee sues you for something like wrongful termination.

Finally, your supervisors should be trained on company policies and have an extensive understanding of your handbook. This too will allow them to perform their jobs more effectively, and they’ll be able to seamlessly enforce your policies with minimal friction.


Training supervisors in HR has arguably never been more important than it is right now. That’s why this is such a smart investment that can pay dividends in the future and allow you to run your business with greater peace of mind.