One thing that I've observed a lot of in the office I'm in is micro-management. Micro-management is defined by Wikipedia as: a management style where a manager closely observes or controls the work of his or her subordinates or employees.
Now, I'm a firm believer in management and supervision, but needing to be in on every small detail of a person's job just to be in there is not only annoying, but it is disempowering!
Here we are as social workers, trying to empower our clients, but we're not even empowered ourselves! Well, that's not totally true. There is a bit of freedom for everyone, but some of the things that ARE micromanaged don't make much sense.
It's difficult to work when you not only have someone standing over your shoulder, but have to report back to them later with what the results were from when they were standing over their shoulder!
Let me just say that this isn't necessarily about me. I've had a fair amount of freedom in my work so far in this practicum, and I think my freedom will be expanded later on, but this also goes back to the "assessing supervisees" thing that I'd talked about previously. One would think that a supervisor would assess how skilled and experienced someone is before explaining the simplest things to them that they've said they already know...
On a more random note, I have many more things to say about practicum, and may do a Random Practicum Notes post later on. I don't want this to be all about the whining and crying...I am having some very positive experiences, as well!