This qualitative phenomenological study captures the lived experiences that influenced the perceptions of Generation Y Industrial Studies interns concerning the first-line supervisor-employee relationship in a manufacturing environment. A purposive sampling method was used to select participants who had completed their internship in a manufacturing facility and reported to a first-line supervisor during the internship. Eight participants were interviewed using an in-depth, one-on-one semi-structured interview process. Interview data were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. The results of the interview data revealed three core themes as contributing to the first-line supervisor-employee relationship: (a) the relationship is a beneficial learning situation, (b) the relationship is a partnership, and (c) the relationship is personal.
|Subjects||Management; Organizational behavior|
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