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

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

Median Annual Wage: $46,690

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (62%); Bachelor's degree (15%); Some college, no degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Maintenance Supervisor; Floor Supervisor; Shipping Manager; Shipping Supervisor; Receiving Manager; Parts Manager; Receiving Supervisor; Receiving Lead; Front Line Supervisor; Terminal Operations Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand.

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  • 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.
  • Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads.
  • Check specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand.

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