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Employee reactions to supervision and work evaluation as a function of subordinate and manager sex

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The influence of sex of manager and sex of subordinate on subordinates' reactions to supervision and work evaluation was examined. Attitude data from 463 office employees were analyzed within an ANOVA framework. There were 296 female subordinates and 35 male subordinates working under women managers and 111 female subordinates and 21 males subordinates working under men managers. The hypothesized interaction effect for sex of manager and sex of subordinate on reactions to supervision and work evaluation was supported in only one of four tests. Male subordinates working for male managers were least likely to understand how their performance was evaluated. There were no significant results when subordinate ratings of general supervision, performance ratings, and manager favoritism were used as dependent variables. The results are discussed in terms of sex-role stereotypes and actual job behaviors of men and women managers.

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Correspondence to James R. Terborg.

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This study was supported in part through Grant No. N00014-78-C-0756 from the Office of Naval Research, James R. Terborg, principal investigator.

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Terborg, J.R., Shingledecker, P. Employee reactions to supervision and work evaluation as a function of subordinate and manager sex. Sex Roles 9, 813–824 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00290032

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Keywords

  • Interaction Effect
  • Performance Rating
  • Social Psychology
  • Work Evaluation
  • Attitude Data