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First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand

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Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.

    Work Activities
    • Maintain a safe working environment by monitoring safety procedures and equipment.
    • Review work throughout the work process and at completion to ensure that it has been performed properly.
    • Inform designated employees or departments of items loaded or problems encountered.
    • Examine freight to determine loading sequences.
    • Collaborate with workers and managers to solve work-related problems.
    • Check specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders.
    • Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads.
    • Transmit and explain work orders to laborers.
    • Prepare and maintain work records and reports of information such as employee time and wages, daily receipts, or inspection results.
    • Inspect equipment for wear and for conformance to specifications.
    • Estimate material, time, and staffing requirements for a given project, based on work orders, job specifications, and experience.
    • Conduct staff meetings to relay general information or to address specific topics, such as safety.
    • Evaluate employee performance and prepare performance appraisals.
    • Assess training needs of staff and arrange for or provide appropriate instruction.
    • Schedule times of shipment and modes of transportation for materials.
    • Resolve personnel problems, complaints, or formal grievances when possible, or refer them to higher-level supervisors for resolution.
    • Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or disciplinary measures.
    • Participate in the hiring process by reviewing credentials, conducting interviews, or making hiring decisions or recommendations.
    • Quote prices to customers.
    • Inspect job sites to determine the extent of maintenance or repairs needed.
    • Perform the same work duties as those supervised or perform more difficult or skilled tasks or assist in their performance.
    • Inventory supplies and requisition or purchase additional items, as necessary.
    • Counsel employees in work-related activities, personal growth, or career development.
    • Provide assistance in balancing books, tracking, monitoring, or projecting a unit's budget needs and in developing unit policies and procedures.
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $53,660/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.80/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 7,050
    • Yearly Projected Openings 780
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