In a typical work setting, community health workers:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They work with the public regularly.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other health workers.
- Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or upset.
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- Communicate in person and by e-mail and telephone on a daily basis. They also write letters and reports, but less frequently.
- Usually work as part of a team.
- Sometimes speak in front of large groups of people.
Physical Work Conditions
- Mostly work indoors but may attend outdoor events.
- Are sometimes exposed to the diseases and infections of others.
- Work physically near others. They may share office space and sometimes come into physical contact with patients.
- Must be exact when performing the job. The public relies on community health workers for accurate information.
- Sometimes repeat the same mental activities.
- Are able to set, but not all, most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
- Make decisions on a weekly basis that impact the public as well as their organization's reputations.
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- Work in a moderately stressful environment in which they must meet weekly deadlines.
- Usually work a standard 40-hour work week.
- May work nights and weekends if there is a public event.