In a typical work setting, business executives:
- 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.
- 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.