What does a Shift Leader do?
Shift Leaders serve an important role in shift-based industries like hospitality, food service and retail where they uphold employees to consistent standards of behavior. Their role is to provide managerial support when the Store Manager or other business leader isn’t available on-site. Shift Leaders often share some of the same responsibilities as other employees on their team, plus additional responsibilities like opening or closing the workplace, making changes to the schedule, delegating tasks and signing off on assignments. Shift Managers resolve problems with customers, help employees on the shift troubleshoot problems and document issues to report back to upper management.
Shift Leader skills and qualifications
A Shift Leader uses a variety of soft skills and technical abilities to manage teams of employees. These skills and aptitudes often include:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Leadership skills like decision-making, motivation and goal-setting
- Conflict resolution skills
- Customer service skills
- Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate effectively
- In-depth industry knowledge
- Understanding of relevant health and safety regulations
- Comfortable with workplace technology like registers, scheduling software, inventory management software
- Basic math skills
Shift Leader salary expectations
A Shift Leader makes an average of $12.63 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of education, experience and geographical location.
Shift Leader education and training requirements
Most Shift Leader candidates have at least a high school diploma or GED. Some candidates may have an associate degree in business administration or management. Though not required, a bachelor’s degree in business or an industry-related field may indicate candidates with more advanced industry knowledge, relevant skills and practical training. Many candidates could benefit from on-the-job training to better transition into their roles.
Some candidates may even have certifications relevant to the industry they work in, including ServSafe certification for food service employees or management certifications in the manufacturing, retail, food service and hospitality industries.
Shift Leader experience requirements
Shift Leaders typically must have experience working as a team member in the industry or setting they’re applying to. For roles that require more complex or specialized responsibilities, a candidate with years of industry experience and/or leadership experience may be preferred. Some roles may focus on basic Shift Leader duties, making them suitable options for candidates with little-to-no leadership experience but previous experience working in the industry.
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