A production supervisor can be a nightmare or a dream come true for the average working man, or girl as it were! I know – because I’ve been there.
I worked making cheerleading outfits during a summer in college. It was a production job, and as soon as I was hired I started to hear the stories. “Look out for Ms. Virginia. She’s mean.” “She’ll fire you as soon as look at you – you better be careful, college girl.”
Gees, I was scared to death. But here is what I found out. Ms. Virginia had to make that place run like a well-oiled machine, and she was where the buck stopped. When things went well, she didn’t get yelled at by the owners of the plant. Somebody really screwed up, and she was crucified.
Turns out she needed a college girl who really needed some dough and wanted her job! She made me the inspector for most of the summer, and we got on fine.
I also found out that the people who didn’t like her were the ones who didn’t do their jobs in the least, and she had pure mercy on them by not letting them go.