Satisfaction With Subordinates: A Neglected Research Issue Concerning Supervisors1


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    Part of the work on the study involving bank supervisors was supported by a Summer Research Fellowship from Central Michigan University awarded to the first author. Some of the retail store data were previously reported at the annual meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, and some of the data from the bank employees were previously reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Miami, FL. The authors would especially like to thank Kevin Love for his help with the study of bank supervisors.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Terry A. Beehr, Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.


Satisfaction with subordinates, a relatively neglected facet of job satisfaction, was examined via questionnaires administered to both a sample of 37 retail store supervisors and a second sample of 58 bank supervisors regarding 274 of their subordinates. Functional relationships between supervisors and subordinates, in which subordinates help get things done in the workplace, were related to satisfaction with subordinates even after entity relationships (similarity between supervisors and subordinates on biodata and values) were controlled.