Job Descriptions

The job description is the most basic building block of sound human resource management. It is the foundation from which many other business activities are built and necessary to efficiently control business operations.

Job descriptions will assist you with recruitment, training, performance management, and compensation decisions and they can protect you from disciplinary issues or allegations of discrimination. Every employee is entitled to a comprehensive description of their role and an explanation of the duties and performance standards expected of them.

Without a job description it is not possible for a person to properly commit to, or be held accountable for a role. Each job should have a description identifying the duties and nature of work, qualifications, decision-making, know-how, interactions and supervision.

The job description should identify the essential functions of a position. These are tasks that are fundamental to a particular job. To identify them decide on the purpose of the job and the importance of the actual job functions in achieving this purpose. Consider the frequency with which a function is performed, the amount of time spe...

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