As you will learn in your careers, your management style will grow and adapt based on who you are and who you supervise. You will also pick up and learn things (good and bad) from your past or current supervisors. For this week, what, if any, has been your experience with the Hawthorne effect on a job? Answer this question and then choose one of the following to answer: 1) Describe a supervisor who inspired and motivated you – what were their characteristics or actions that made such a positive impact? 2) Describe a supervisor who was a poor supervisor (un-motivating, indecisive, uncaring, etc.) – what were their characteristics or actions that made you feel that way?
Generally speaking, when I am being observed I tend to feel a bit paranoid or get the feeling like I’m being tested or scrutinized. My work doesn’t necessarily suffer, but my ability to enjoy my job decreases drastically.
I had a boss in the Navy who was the worlds greatest asshole. No one liked him, but due to his stellar performance in class, and on tests, he’d continuously excel while taking as much credit as possible for jobs he supervised. He was incredibly toxic, even going so far as to dog whistle his workers. He would routinely question your motives and abilities even to the point of grilling you for information that had nothing to do with the job until he could find something to lord over you. He would expect more work than one is able to give in a 12 hour period, including singling out pregnant women and denouncing them as lazy. He’d even call you across the building to get him a glass of water (which I can neither confirm nor deny had been urinated in).
He is the perfect example of how not to lead, and every morning I wake up I can be happy that I’m not him.