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Chapter Fourteen. Reference-Checking Sce... > Does this individual need close supe...

73. Does this individual need close supervision to excel, or does she take more of an autonomous, independent approach to her work?

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Some people naturally like to work in groups or ''pods,'' side by side with their peers. They crave recognition for a job well done, and they enjoy ongoing social interaction. For them work is all about deriving a psychic income from developing other people's skills and abilities as they move through corporate America fulfilling their own life's agenda. These people will keep their managers in the loop regarding the status on a given project because they feel that their managers have a right to know. This way, those managers don't have to worry about the individual's performance, and there's ample reason for social interaction.

On the other side of the spectrum, you'll find the loners—the folks with a fierce level of independence who cherish the freedom to get work done their way above all else. If you oversupervise such employees, you will be accused of being a micromanager and being distrustful of them. Why else, goes their reasoning, would you need to be on top of them so much? ''If you trusted me and my work, you would allow me to come to you when I had a problem.'' Interaction above that level is simply uncalled for.


  

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