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Career-Impeding Supervisory Behaviors: Perceptions of African American and European American Professionals

Ugorji O. Ugorji
Public Administration Review
Vol. 57, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1997), pp. 250-255
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/976656
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/976656
Page Count: 6
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Career-Impeding Supervisory Behaviors: Perceptions of African American and European American Professionals
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Abstract

It is hardly arguable that the behaviors of supervisors influence the careers of their subordinates. In the public sector, what types of supervisory behaviors adversely affect the careers of subordinates? Given the increasing diversity of employees in the workplace, do members of different ethnic groups and men and women experience these career-impeding supervisory behaviors differently? Is there a relationship between employees' experiences of such behaviors and their job satisfaction? These questions and the answers to them are very important if effective courses are to be developed to train managers to manage work force diversity. This study identifies career-impeding supervisory behaviors as reported by African American and European American professionals in New Jersey state government. African Americans experienced career-impeding supervisory behaviors more than European Americans, but gender difference was not significant. The more employees reported experiencing career-impeding supervisory behaviors, the lower the employees' job satisfaction. European Americans were more satisfied with their jobs than African Americans, but gender difference was again not significant.

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