In event production, there is a group of people that work to ensure an event is crewed appropriately so that it is both successful and profitable. These key players are Labor Coordinators and their focus is on effective crew scheduling. All of the best labor coordinators have strong attributes that help their respective companies meet their event goals. Here are 5 characteristics that the most effective labor coordinators have in common.
Drive, or their determination to work harder and smarter is an extremely important trait that all of the best labor coordinators share. These people take great pride when crew scheduling in seeing rosters filled with the best people. Perfection is what they aim for and retaining quality crew is their priority. They also use that drive when meeting clients’ demands – ensuring their events are crewed with the best techs based on skill set, performance, costs, travel requirements, and more – so that while clients’ expectations are exceeded, budgets are not.
Passion is the catalyst for all things worth doing. The best labor coordinators have a passion for what they do – and the industry with which they do it in. Passion is contagious. When a coordinator loves what they do and genuinely cares about their crew as well as fellow team-members, it’s enough to motivate everyone to bring their “A-game”, every time.
Integrity is one of the most important characteristics held by the best labor coordinators around. They focus on treating everyone fairly and honestly. This couldn’t be more important in their relationships with their crew members. Quality crew will keep coming back to those companies that treat them with integrity and respect.
Labor coordinators that communicate well and have the ability to connect and relate to others also tend do be the most successful in this industry. For one, good communication results in a happy crew since everyone has the latest event details and are able to effectively communicate their availability and gain more work opportunities. The best labor coordinators keep an open line of communication with their crew on a regular basis, showing them that their time and skills are valued.
Finally, the best labor coordinators are extremely organized. They are able to implement automated crew management processes and technology that help them accomplish their goals. In the past, labor coordinators would make hundreds of phone calls or send thousands of emails – just to determine crew availability and communicate event details. Schedules were managed in excel or on whiteboards and access to real-time labor data was practically non-existent. However, the best labor coordinators are able to use their organizational skills with the aid of industry-specific technology to help streamline their labor processes and crew the best people for the best events.
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