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Would You Prefer Too Much or Too Little Guidance at Work?

Would You Rather Have Too Much or Too Little Guidance at Work?


In her recent interview with Time, Maria Shriver talked about the lack of guidance a first lady gets when they take on the job. She joked that when she became the First Lady of California, she asked if there was some kind of job assignment or packet that tells you what to do, and they said no but she had an office with a tag that said "very special projects of the governor." She said, "I'm supposed to sit as a very special project of the governor?" They responded that she could pick out the Christmas ornaments to which she said, "You've got to be kidding me."

Starting a new job requires us to adapt to many things at once — the people, expectations, environment, and commute are all aspects that take some getting used to. We also have to go with the flow in terms of our new employer's management style. Some are micro-managers that don't let you make even the smallest decision on your own, some have a good mix of management while empowering employees to make the most of their job, and some are so hands off that a new employee feels so lost they don't even know where to begin. If you had to choose, would you prefer too much guidance or not enough?

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