Development of a work behavior taxonomy for first-line supervisors

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Abstract

A Supervisor Task Description Questionnaire (STDQ) incorporating 100 work activities was developed for describing the positions of 1st-line supervisors. A factor analysis of the STDQ responses from a representative sample of 251 supervisors in 40 plants yielded 7 job dimensions: Working with Subordinates, Organizing Work of Subordinates, Work Planning and Scheduling, Maintaining Efficient/Quality Production, Maintaining Safe/Clean Work Areas, Maintaining Equipment and Machinery, and Compiling Records and Reports. The 251 supervisory positions, classified according to production technology and function supervised, were then compared on the importance and the relative amount of time spent on each of the 7 work dimensions. Results indicate that there are few differences in the jobs of 1st-line supervisors regardless of technology or function. Applications of this taxonomic research are discussed. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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