The requirements for the job include confidence, strong organizational and management skills, understanding and compassion, a sense of humor, and the motivation to initiate tasks and follow them through to completion. The stage manager works as a team with the director, production manager, designers, technicians, and actors, facilitating a process in which creativity can flourish. The union seeks to promote successful productions of all scales, and therefore provides guidelines on topics ranging from pay to the number of hours in a work day to the incline of a stage floor and the date by which dancers must be provided the shoes which will be part of their costumes. Some guidelines are identical from contract to contract and others are scaled to appropriately reflect the size of the company and the length of the project.