Work environment for clerical and administrative workers

Last updated: March 21, 2019

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Administrative and clerical positions provide an opportunity to work in a variety of environments, to support a team, and to keep the workplace running. Administrative workers are:

  • Efficient and organized
  • Customer service oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able to multitask and prioritize
  • Professional

All about attitude

Administrative and clerical positions are generally responsible for performing a variety of administrative duties according to established procedures.

With such a diversity of great work environments, successful employees are those who constantly demonstrate their passion and a positive attitude.

Diverse locations

The BC Public Service offers the chance to live and work in some of British Columbia's most beautiful communities.

With approximately 5,400 clerical positions in 280 communities across the province and over 25 administrative job profiles, there are numerous opportunities for working in a variety of settings such as a front counter, on a virtual team, in a call centre, or an executive office.

Variety of work arrangements

Not all positions in the BC Public Service are full-time, and not all of them are permanent positions.

Here is an overview of some of our more common types of employment arrangements:

  • Full-time permanent work
  • Part-time permanent work
  • Auxiliary positions (such as short-term, temporary work, which could range from as little as 2 weeks or up to one year in length)

What to expect

Administrative individuals work towards the achievement of organizational and group goals in an environment of cooperation and teamwork. While navigating a complex work environment, individuals learn to excel in a support role. This may include:

  • Setting up meetings for large groups of people
  • Reserving and setting up equipment
  • Using collaborative tools such as SharePoint sites, Groove, Live Meeting
  • Use of government filing systems (both electronic and paper storage)
  • Use of information systems 
  • And much more!

Enjoy a work-life balance by joining an employee sports team, fitness class or program, by getting involved in a variety of the fundraising and/or volunteering opportunities available, or by taking advantage of the many flexible work options, such as modified work weeks, teleworking or job sharing.

Engagement and recognition

The BC Public Service is a nationally recognized award-winning employer and was named one of BC's Top 55 Employers, Canada's Top 25 Family Friendly Employers, Canada's Greenest Employers and Canada's Top 100 Employers.

Engagement and recognition programs encourage the development of work environments that are supportive, inclusive and exhibit a high degree of initiative, creativity, and teamwork, as well as collaboration with partners, clients and customers. 

Some of the BC Public Service programs include:

  • Premier's Awards
  • Improvement Awards Program
  • Staff Appreciation Awards Program
  • Long Service Awards
  • Public Service Week
  • Workplace Innovation and Awards Program

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