Business Executives

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Business Executives

Business Executives - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, business executives:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of interaction with staff and the public.
  • Communicate by telephone, e-mail, letters, memos, and in person on a daily basis.
  • Regularly work as a part of team.
  • Occasionally speak in front of large groups.
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  • Are extremely responsible for the outcome of work done by their staff.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are frequently placed in conflict situations in which they must deal with angry or rude individuals.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Mostly work indoors.
  • May travel to and from work locations in a truck or car.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all the details of the job are performed. In some cases, they make sure that their employees are following through with the details.
  • Must be very exact in keeping records. If a government executive could not account for where money was spent, the consequences would be serious.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact clients, employees, and their company's performance and reputation.
  • Make nearly all their decisions without consulting others.
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  • Set their daily tasks and goals independently.
  • Work in a stressful and competitive environment in which daily deadlines must be met.
  • Often repeat the same mental or physical tasks.


  • Usually work long hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • May have flexible schedules.
  • Travel frequently to monitor operations. They may travel nationally or internationally, depending on the size of the company.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.