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First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate work activities of cleaning personnel in hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Supervise in-house services, such as laundries, maintenance and repair, dry cleaning, or valet services.
    • Select the most suitable cleaning materials for different types of linens, furniture, flooring, and surfaces.
    • Advise managers, desk clerks, or admitting personnel of rooms ready for occupancy.
    • Inspect work performed to ensure that it meets specifications and established standards.
    • Perform or assist with cleaning duties as necessary.
    • Plan and prepare employee work schedules.
    • Establish and implement operational standards and procedures for the departments supervised.
    • Inspect and evaluate the physical condition of facilities to determine the type of work required.
    • Inventory stock to ensure that supplies and equipment are available in adequate amounts.
    • Issue supplies and equipment to workers.
    • Forecast necessary levels of staffing and stock at different times to facilitate effective scheduling and ordering.
    • Check and maintain equipment to ensure that it is in working order.
    • Maintain required records of work hours, budgets, payrolls, and other information.
    • Direct activities for stopping the spread of infections in facilities, such as hospitals.
    • Recommend or arrange for additional services, such as painting, repair work, renovations, and the replacement of furnishings and equipment.
    • Coordinate activities with other departments to ensure that services are provided in an efficient and timely manner.
    • Investigate complaints about service and equipment, and take corrective action.
    • Instruct staff in work policies and procedures, and the use and maintenance of equipment.
    • Select and order or purchase new equipment, supplies, or furnishings.
    • Perform financial tasks, such as estimating costs and preparing and managing budgets.
    • Prepare reports on activity, personnel, and information, such as occupancy, hours worked, facility usage, work performed, and departmental expenses.
    • Confer with staff to resolve performance and personnel problems, and to discuss company policies.
    • Evaluate employee performance and recommend personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals.
    • Recommend changes that could improve service and increase operational efficiency.
    • Screen job applicants, and hire new employees.
    • Perform grounds maintenance tasks, such as removing snow and mowing the lawn.


    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 41050/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.74/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 7,070
    • Yearly Projected Openings 850

    Typical Education


    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Leadership
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation


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