Support From Above In Organisation
Support from Above
In organizations where there are senior women managers, they tend to be supportive and encouraging of their junior colleagues. As mentioned earlier, this is a move away from the attitudes shown by some successful women in past decades. Typical of the support given is:
I had a woman manager who gave me almost unlimited opportunities for development through allowing me to try new things.'
My manager arranged supervision sessions with members of a university faculty to clarify goals and to provide challenge and support to situations faced at work. She also helped me to understand personal and organizational needs within our department.'
One woman who went through a particularly difficult domestic crisis remembers:
'One of my managers was flexible at a time of lengthy illness and, as long as I did the work well, he didn't mind when or where I did it: Some men have been very good at caring.'
Sarah interprets the idea of assistance from colleagues to include the support she has received from her first account. They have stayed with me and given me the backing I need. They put us on the map and, as the work has grown, it has become a long-term partnership. The managers are supportive of my work and they have almost become business advisers to me - willing to discuss matters if I have any problems in running my business.' She cites this example in direct contrast to the behaviour of the new generation of bank managers, who she feels are only interested in covering their backsides. The old-fashioned bank managers took an interest, knew you as a person. The problem, today, for small businesses is that there is not enough encouragement, particularly from the banks. It is hard work all the way.'
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