Cover: The Supervisor's Key Role in Fair Employment.

The Supervisor's Key Role in Fair Employment.

Published 1969

by Jerry J. Jensen

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Corporate programs to recruit minority employees have paid off in a steadily increasing minority population in the work force. The next step in promoting fair employment--developing the minority employee in his job--is the responsibility of the supervisor. The disadvantaged minority employee with job-related adjustments to make must be given different consideration from that given a middle-class white with the same problem. Dealing with such conditions as absence and tardiness compassionately yet without jeopardizing group performance is a difficult and delicate task for supervisors. Management should show understanding for the complexity of the supervisor's role by, for example, allowing flexibility with respect to standards and commending supervisors who have successfully handled such problems. A company minority employment specialist or outside consultant can also be useful in counseling supervisors. (Prepared for publication in Personnel, March-April 1969.)

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