By organizing and overseeing all types of administrative activities, office managers promote productivity, keep staff in check, and overall ensure a workplace runs smoothly. With knowledge of equality and diversity legislation, health and safety regulations, information technology software, and staff management, an office manager helps maintain an effective place of work where all employees can feel at home.
Though the job varies according to the type of employer, the size of the organization and the management structure, an office manager's activities typically include using a range of office software, managing filing systems, developing new administrative systems, recording office expenditure and managing the budget, maintaining office supplies, organizing meetings, managing staff, and delegating work. Officer managers are particularly skilled at stress management, time management, and organization.
As the individual in charge of not only an entire office but also a whole staff of people, an office manager requires strong communication and leadership skills. As the role is not an entry-level position, an office manager is also usually expected to have previous administrative or managerial experience in a related sector, as well as excellent computer and clerical skills.