By Morgan International Staff Writers
A job description is essential part of the recruitment and staffing process, helping potential candidates to clearly see if they possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and expernce to fill the role.
But did you know that an effective job description can also be a powerful management tool?
Here’s a rundown of the range of uses of a good job description:
• Performance Management
A well-crafted job description provides a clear and comprehensive outline of the duties that are assigned to the role. Within a performance management context, these can be used to set goals and targets and then monitor progress.
• Training and Development
Job descriptions can also be used to encourage on-going training and development. If your employees can clearly see what steps they need to take to reach their next role or position within the company, they are more likely to pursue the relevant training and development options.
• Pay Grades
An accurate, well-written job description can be incredibly helpful when it comes to standardising pay grades and outlining the upper and lower limits for each role.
• Reward and Recognition
As the job description will clearly outline the minimum expected from each employee, you can encourage them to go above and beyond their job description as part of your reward and recognition scheme.
On the other hand, if employees are under-performing, the job description can be used to highlight problem areas and illustrate the level of performance expected.
• Essential Job Function Analysis
A thorough, well-written job description will provide details on the essential functions of a position. This can be extremely useful when it comes to Equality and Diversity in the work place, highlighting the essential prerequisites for each role and also providing a defence against charges of employment discrimination