Office Manager Overview

Want to wear many hats at your next job? Office managers are extraordinary at multi-tasking. They keep the office running, coordinate with staff, and handle finances. As a part of management, they also work with employers to make sure that procedures are efficient and office culture is at its best. 

If you’re looking for an office manager job, also read postings for an Administrative Service Manager or Business Office Manager.


Responsibilities

  • Keep the lights on. You’ll be maintaining the facility day-to-day.
  • Work with people. As an office manager, you'll be organizing schedules and planning events with other staff. Depending on the business, you may also be training administrative assistants and working with customers.
  • Track finances. You’ll be managing invoices, payroll, and looking at numbers for the business.

Skills

  • Multi-tasking skills. You’ll have to manage your time, your responsibilities, and others with little or no supervision.
  • Attention to detail. You’ll have to follow-up on every meeting and invoice to keep the business running smoothly.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. These are key to your managing others, working with a team, and providing customer service.
  • Analytical skills. From your vantage point, you see how things are working and should be able to solve problems and offer cost-effective solutions for the business.

Experience

For an office manager position, most businesses require a high school diploma or GED, though some may require or prefer a college degree. Previous office experience is a must. If you have worked as an administrator or assistant, the job of office manager might be the next step for you.

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