In a typical work setting, shipping and receiving clerks:
- Have a high level of social contact. They interact with coworkers and contacts in other organizations.
- Are responsible for work outcomes.
- Are very responsible for coworkers' health and safety.
- Sometimes deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous contacts in other organizations, usually in conflict situations.
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- Communicate with coworkers and contacts in other organizations by telephone or in person daily.
- Often use e-mail to communicate with coworkers and contacts in other organizations. Occasionally write letters and memos.
- Work in a group or as part of a team and coordinate work activities.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work indoors most of the time. May work in cold storage rooms or outside on loading platforms on occasion.
- Are sometimes exposed to loud sounds and distracting noises.
- Are occasionally exposed to contaminants. Wear protective safety attire in these situations.
- Work near other people, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
- Must be exact in their work. Errors could cost the company money.
- Repeat the same physical activities, such as moving or lifting materials.
- Make decisions on a weekly basis that affect company money. They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
- Must meet strict deadlines on a daily basis.
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- Are able to set some tasks for the day without consulting a supervisor.
- Generally have a set schedule each week.
- Usually work 40 hours a week.