Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Labore
Supervise and coordinate the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads. Collaborate with workers and managers to solve work-related problems. Review work throughout the work process and at completion to ensure that it has been performed properly. Transmit and explain work orders to laborers. Check specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders. Inform designated employees or departments of items loaded or problems encountered. Examine freight to determine loading sequences. Evaluate employee performance and prepare performance appraisals. Perform the same work duties as those supervised or perform more difficult or skilled tasks or assist in their performance. Prepare and maintain work records and reports of information such as employee time and wages, daily receipts, or inspection results. Conduct staff meetings to relay general information or to address specific topics, such as safety. Counsel employees in work-related activities, personal growth, or career development. Inspect equipment for wear and for conformance to specifications. Resolve personnel problems, complaints, or formal grievances when possible, or refer them to higher-level supervisors for resolution. Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or disciplinary measures. Assess training needs of staff and arrange for or provide appropriate instruction.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
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