In a typical work setting, marketing managers:
- Have a very high level of job-required social interaction. They frequently talk to customers and coworkers.
- Regularly work as part of a team.
- Communicate by a variety of means. They use telephone, e-mail, face-to-face talks, letters, and memos on a daily basis.
- Are responsible for the results of work done by others.
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- Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which others may be unpleasant or angry.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work indoors. May on rare occasions work outdoors.
- Often share office space with other workers.
- Must be sure that the job is done exactly. Errors could harm the company's reputation or cost them money.
- Make decisions that affect their employer's reputation on a daily basis. Many agencies use word-of-mouth to attract new clients.
- Make decisions that affect staff and clients on a daily basis. As a manager, they rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set their tasks and goals for the day independently, without consulting anyone first.
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- Work in a competitive atmosphere. They must meet strict daily deadlines.
- May repeat the same work activities, especially tasks that involve a computer.
- May work 50 hours a week or more.
- Generally work a set schedule. This is usually standard business hours.
- May travel often to meet with sales representatives and clients.