Supervisors should be career role models.
A supervisor shouldn't act as a barrier to an employee's career advancement; instead, they should serve as a career role model for their employees. Since I started working in July 2019, I have had firsthand experience with different great leadership styles. While some of the supervisors have an authoritarian style, others may have a democratic or laissez-faire approach. Speaking from my own experience, I can say that when an employee is first hired into a new working environment, they want their supervisor(s) to be a supervisor, which means offering advice and support to help them grow in their work skills as they pursue further career advancement. That is not the case, though. For instance, some supervisors give their freshly hired employees tasks and anticipate that they would perform as desired. When the output, however, falls short of expectations, the supervisor becomes vicious. A case scenario I would like to present is when I was asked and tasked by my supervisor to prepare a brief for one of the meetings in September 2019 (meeting name withheld due to confidentiality). As an employee, I’m so enthusiastic to perform the given task so I started with a first draft. After I completed the first draft, I sent a copy (via email) to my supervisor for perusal, further comments, and or inputs. Note, the meeting will be held in a week, so I expected a prompt response from my supervisor as soon as practical. Nonetheless, nothing is forthcoming from my superior. To cut the long story short; just the day before the proposed meeting started, my supervisor checked through the brief and wasn’t satisfied with how it was written. I was unaware that everything wasn't in order. Later, a different supervisor told me that the brief I had prepared was inadequate. When I learned the news, I started crying. I struggled to understand the news. I want to know why my immediate supervisor didn't let me know about the problem beforehand so I can redo it. Why inform the other supervisor about my inability? This is only one of the numerous untold incidents that new employees deal with in their new workplace. To end, I would politely ask all managers and supervisors to treat their newly hired employees with the same level of care and respect that a mother would give to her newborn kid, who has not yet learned to walk or talk.
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