Supervisory Support scale


This measure (Supervisory Support scale) was developed by Greenhaus, Parasuraman, and Wormley (1990) to assess employee perceptions of the extent to which they receive supervisory support in their job. In general, supervisory support may include career guidance, performance feedback, challenging work assignments, and work opportunities that promote employee development and visibility.


Coefficient alpha was .93 (Greenhaus et al., 1990).


In Greenhaus et al. (1990), supervisory support correlated positively with perceptions of acceptance, job discretion, job performance in terms of both tasks and relationships, employee promotability, and career satisfaction.


Greenhaus, J. H., Parasuraman, A., & Wormley, W. M. (1990). Effects of race on organizational experiences, job performance evaluations, and career outcomes. Academy of Management Journal, 33(1), 64-86. © 1990 by Academy of Management. Items were taken from the appendix, pp. 85-86. Reproduced with permission of Academy of Management in the format text­ book via Copyright Clearance Center.


Responses are obtained using a 5-point Likert-type scale where 5 = strongly disagree, 4 = disagree to some extent, 3 = uncertain, 2 = agree to some extent, and 1 = strongly agree.

  1. My supervisor takes the time to learn about my career goals and aspirations
  2. My supervisor cares about whether or not I achieve my goals
  3. My supervisor keeps me informed about different career opportunities for me in the organization
  4. My supervisor makes sure I get the credit when I accomplish something substantial on the job
  5. My supervisor gives me helpful feedback about my performance
  6. My supervisor gives me helpful advice about improving my performance when I need it
  7. My supervisor supports my attempts to acquire additional training or education to further my career
  8. My supervisor provides assignments that give me the opportunity to develop and strengthen new skills
  9. My supervisor assigns me special projects that increase my visibility in the organization

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Mohammed Looti, PSYCHOLOGICAL SCALES (2023) Supervisory Support scale. Retrieved from DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31575.96163