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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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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I'm at a job that has too little guidance. It's a frustrating experience to do a job blindly and you learn new things by screwing up and getting chewed out by your clients.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I would also rather have too little guidance it forces you out of your comfort zone and teaches you to problem solve. I always make sure I have a good resource to go in case I do have questions but I have found more and more companies are going to expect you to figure out the best way to do things on your own. I have also found that a lot of the time the person training you isn't always the most competent just the person that has been their the longest.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
at least when you have too much guidance there's a lesser chance you're doing a crappy job! with too little guidance, you never know how you're doing, and could be way off the mark obviously neither are good options, and we would all wish for a boss that falls somewhere in the middle, but if i had to choose, i'd rather have too much guidance to keep me on track and ensure i'm moving in the right direction
Jeny Jeny 9 years
I dived into my job head first. I came in at the busiest time and not alot of other agents were able to guide me.. it's great that way because you learn what works best for you and your niche. No one else can take that sales pitch away from you because you found what works exactly for you. ; )
amyonedge amyonedge 9 years
I hate micro-managing bosses! It ruins productivity and morale.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
ALSW I'm with you.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I like having a lot of autonomy in my work, so having less guidance is better for me. However, the best option would be having little guidance, but appropriate guidance when needed for me.
geebers geebers 9 years
How funny- I would normally choose "too much guidance" because I would rather feel secure and know what is expected but in my job now I had very little guidance and my job before this one- I had a LOT of training. Guess which job I am more successful in? The one with little guidance - because the truth is -when it comes to succeeding -you have to be able to take risks and jump in with both feet. You WILL make mistakes and believe me it can really be scary at first - but it is the best way to truly learn. And it provides you with that confidence that without anyone holding your hand you were able to figure it out on your own. You can add problem-solving and quick-thinker to your resume list of skills. ;)
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I've started jobs where they don't train you to do anything and then you get reprimanded when you don't know what you are doing. I've made a point of watching my coworkers and asking them how they are doing things, but when you aren't trained and have little or no practice you still won't know what to do when you are on your own. It's annoying, but I would much rather be able to say, "I already know how to do that" a few times when starting a job than feeling lost.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I agree with ALSW. I just started a new job and I have no guidance and I asked this in the interview. It is very frustrating when I ask for feedback, more work, when I have questions and I never get an answer or guidance. I love the company and even the people I work with but I hate that it's a fly by your seat type of work which was not portrayed in the interview.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I just recently went from scenario A to scenario B. Scernario B has its occasional downsides but overall it's much better, I work pretty well when I can do so mostly independently.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Of the two I would choose too little guidance but in actuality I hate feeling lost. In my current job my boss is so hands off I am usually completely at a loss when it comes to figuring out what I should be doing. Granted I like being able to have flexible schedules and not have him hovering over my shoulder all the time, its a double edged sword IMO.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I need a little freedom... usually after the first week, I've got things together enough to have a good idea what my goals for the day are. That's why there's email, though. "Hey, I have no idea what to do with this, can I get some help?" was sent often enough in the first month. But now if I had someone standing over me... I wouldn't ever get to be on popsugar. :P
MindayH MindayH 9 years
My answer probably changes on a day-to-day basis
PammyLZ PammyLZ 9 years
I ask in my job interviews what the level of training will be. Some employers expect you to know everything right off the bat. I hate that. With every job there is some training, whether you have had education or not. There are company programs to learn and company "lingo" to learn as well. So, I like to be guided in the beginning, but I also like to work by myself. So, I guess I want to micro-managed until it is determined I can handle my own.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
When I'm starting a new job, I prefer a lot of guidance. But after that, just let me loose!
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