Construction Worker Supervisors

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Construction Worker Supervisors

Construction Worker Supervisors - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, manufacturing, transportation, and construction worker supervisors:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of contact with employees.
  • Communicate on a daily basis by telephone, e-mail, and face-to-face discussions. They also write letters and memos, but less frequently.
  • Are responsible for the work done by those they supervise.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of their workers.
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  • Are often placed in conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.
  • Usually work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Usually work indoors. Some supervisors, such as those supervising construction workers, work outdoors much of the time. Not all indoor locations will be temperature-controlled.
  • Wear safety gear, such as hardhats and safety glasses.
  • May be exposed to noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • May be exposed to hazardous equipment.
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  • May be exposed to contaminants
  • May be exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures, depending on the weather.
  • May travel to and from work sites in an enclosed vehicle, such as a truck or van.
  • May work physically near others, usually within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must make sure that all parts of the job are completed.
  • Must be very exact in performing their work. Errors can harm employees or customers.
  • Make decisions that affect employees and their organization's reputation. They usually act independently when making a decision, but may check with a manager first.
  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment.
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  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without speaking to a superior first.
  • Must meet daily and weekly schedules.


  • Often are at work before other employees arrive and after they leave.
  • May work in manufacturing plants that have multiple shifts. They may work day, evening, or night shifts.
  • May be on-call in case of emergencies.
  • Work at least 40 hours per week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.