(snoo.pur.VIZH.un) n. A management or regulatory style characterized by intrusiveness or excessive prying.
snoopervisor n. —snoopervise v.

Example Citation:
"Snoopervision" has always been a concern among U.S. workers. It's not uncommon for employees to complain periodically about "big brother" looking over their shoulder. With the advent of today's sophisticated monitoring technology, these complaints have grown louder and more frequent. Now, the issue of workplace privacy is spilling over into the courts. Wary supervisors had better start paying attention.
—Robert. D. Ramsey, "The 'snoopervision' debate: employer interests vs. employee privacy," Supervision, August 1, 1999

Earliest Citation:
A number of the men agree with a 44-year-old CEO who declared that his bank could "take care of misconduct without government snoopervision."
—Eliza G. Collins, Timothy B. Blodgett, "Sexual Harassment," Harvard Business Review, March/April 1981

This blend of snooping and supervision was sent to me by subscriber Katie Ochieano.

Note that the great science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein used the verb form snoopervise in one of his young-adult novels:

Daddy is a dear and does not snoopervise me.
—Robert A. Heinlein, Podkayne of Mars, 1963

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