ERIC Number: ED114501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Familiarity with Subordinates' Jobs: Immediate Versus Secondary Supervisors.
Wiley, Llewellyn N.
A test was made of the hypothesis that only immediate supervisors know enough about their subordinates' job activities to render job performance ratings. Pairs of supervisors who rated the quality of performance of 295 supply airmen had identified themselves as immediate supervisors and other-than-immediate supervisors. These pairs, working independently, rated the same airmen (job incumbents) on how well they performed individual tasks. Each supervisor was asked to rate each task that he was sure the subordinate did, but he was not told which tasks the subordinate had identified. The selections of tasks were tallied against the responses made by the incumbents on the same inventory. An incumbent's responses were relative time spent ratings. Tasks were classified by a scale of percent time spent, and two supervisory levels were compared in terms of percentage of tallies (agreements) with the incumbents. The tallies were greater for tasks on which the airmen spent more time, but there was no detectable difference between immediate and other supervisors. It was concluded that in the Inventory Management and Material Facilities career ladders, at least, it was possible to obtain other supervisors who were as familiar with their subordinates' jobs as immediate supervisors. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX. Occupational and Manpower Research Div.