All organizations need effective clerical and administrative support in order to operate efficiently. A large number of supervisors and managers are found in organizations such as government agencies, retail and wholesale establishments, business service firms, banks and insurance companies. Typical job duties include:
- Providing annual employee evaluations to staff members
- Explaining company operations policies to new employees
- Writing a report detailing progress on a project
- Helping staff members resolve a conflict
This line of work primarily uses people skills. Individuals should have strong teamwork skills, loyalty, poise, confidence and an eye for detail. They should also be able to organize and coordinate work, set priorities and motivate others. There are usually several layers of management in a large company. Planning, directing activities, delegating work duties, are major components in manager job descriptions.
Most companies want their managers and supervisors to exhibit good leadership skills. It is a fundamental trait desired in a management recruits. The supervisors who exhibit an aptitude for showing good leadership get promoted regularly.
At least a bachelor’s degree is preferred for this line of work. The typical earnings for a clerical supervisor range between $14 and $20 per hour. (Salary data is based on information from PayScale.com and varies based on experience.)