In a typical work setting, computer and information systems managers:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They work with technicians, programmers, and other office workers.
- Are responsible for training workers and overseeing the performance of those workers.
- Are somewhat responsible for the safety of the workers they supervise and the public who uses the information provided on networked computers.
- Write letters and memos often.
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- Communicate with coworkers daily by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
- Work as part of a group. This is very important because they supervise people.
- Are sometimes placed in conflict situations in which others may be unpleasant to interact with.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- May occasionally share work space with others.
- Are accurate in performing their job. This is very important. Errors could cost the organization money or could cause the organization to lose valuable data.
- Must repeat the same physical and mental tasks. This is somewhat important when working at the computer.
- Make decisions often that affect the people they supervise and impact the outcome of projects.
- Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision or setting priorities.
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- Must meet daily and weekly deadlines. This may make the work environment somewhat competitive.
- Work more than 40 hours per week.
- Work a regular business week.