Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Do you really need a job description?

Yes! Every position in your company should have a job description. They assist in making sure your
Sheryl Baumeister,
Human Resources
employees' duties align with your company vision. They allow you to make informed hiring decisions by developing recruiting strategies that clearly outline to applicants their role and responsibilities.
Job descriptions set the tone. In an interview setting, job descriptions should form the foundation for the development of interview questions to assure you get the right hire. If you are in search of someone to answer phones and greet customers, you don't necessarily need to include administrative tasks like making reports or being an expert in Excel. 
Focus on the big picture, not the small details. Your job descriptions do not have to include what an employee will be doing each and every hour of the day. Instead, broadly explain what the employee will focus on. This will ensure flexibility in the position, which you want since things are always changing, and will make it easier to update in the future.
Finally, when used as a means to communicate expectations, job descriptions can also be used as a basis for performance management and annual reviews. For the employee, having a job description allows them to understand the responsibilities and duties that are required and expected of them.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at http://www.trigard.com/tuesdays.

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