In a typical work setting, production and planning clerks:
- Have a medium to high level of job-required social contact. They work closely with department supervisors and vendors.
- Communicate by telephone, e-mail, and face-to-face discussions. They also write letters and memos, but usually prefer quicker means of contact.
- Work as part of a team.
- Are occasionally placed in conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.
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- Are somewhat responsible for the work outcomes of production workers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Sometimes are exposed to contaminants or hazardous equipment. They may wear safety gear to protect themselves.
- Occasionally are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are loud or distracting.
- May share office and work space with others.
- Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Errors could slow production and cost the company money.
- Often make decisions that affect customers, coworkers, and their company's reputation. They may seek input before making important decisions.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Set some of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
- May work part time or full time.
- Generally have an established schedule.