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Housekeeping/Janitorial Workers Supervisor

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers Career Video

About This Career

Directly supervises and coordinates work activities of cleaning personnel in hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Lodging pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Supervises in-house services, such as laundries, maintenance and repair, dry cleaning, or valet services.
  • Selects the most suitable cleaning materials for different types of linens, furniture, flooring, and surfaces.
  • Advises managers, desk clerks, or admitting personnel of rooms ready for occupancy.
  • Inspects work performed to ensure that it meets specifications and established standards.
  • Performs or assists with cleaning duties as necessary.
  • Plans and prepares employee work schedules.
  • Establishes and implements operational standards and procedures for the departments supervised.
  • Inspects and evaluates the physical condition of facilities to determine the type of work required.
  • Inventories stock to ensure that supplies and equipment are available in adequate amounts.
  • Issues supplies and equipment to workers.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Buildings and Grounds Supervisor
  • Environmental Services Supervisor (EVS)
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Laundry Supervisor
  • Building Services Supervisor
  • Custodian Supervisor


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