A duty manager plays a central role in the successful daily operations of modern businesses. Typical responsibilities include basic administrative tasks such as filing and database management and more complicated duties, such as payroll administration, resolving interpersonal office conflicts, and coordinating staff schedules and holidays. An efficient duty manager enables the rest of a business's employees to complete their work successfully, ensuring that the office is well maintained and fully stocked with necessary supplies. In some cases, duty managers also act as human resource directors and handle associated responsibilities such as benefits administration, vacation and sick leave accumulation and usage, and other issues relating to employees.
In most cases, duty manager positions require applicants to have completed at least a high school diploma, though many businesses prefer individuals with bachelor's degrees in a related field such as communication or business management. Larger companies may even require applicants to hold an master's of business administration (MBA) to be considered. In lieu of formal higher education, extensive experience in managerial and upper administrative positions may be accepted.
By and large, duty managers work in an indoor environment, and they should have experience and skill in managing professional disputes or disagreements with ease. Starting salaries for duty managers typically include health care benefits as well as some kind of retirement fund contribution from the employer.