Proper job descriptions are vital for several reasons:
- Your employees need to know what you expect of them.
- Job Descriptions are the guides for proper performance reviews. If your employees do not know your expectations, how can you evaluate them properly?
- A proper job description will help answer the question as to whether your employee should be paid a salary or on an hourly basis.
- Job descriptions are essential for legal defensibility, including ADA and Exempt/Nonexempt classification lawsuits.
- Job descriptions are a requirement for structured growth and development of your business.
Job Descriptions serve the purpose of:
- A definition of the functions and responsibilities of a job.
- A mechanism for recruitment.
- Employee training and development (establishing and updating performance standards).
- Succession planning or organizational development (for example, what additional tasks can be applied for the growth of the organization as a whole?).
- Establishing legal defensibility (based on what the potential hire would be doing).
- Assigning jobs.
- To benchmark the company’s positions against those described by descriptors in salary surveys.
While it sounds very simplistic, a proper job description is the first step to improving your business’s efficiency and expectations, and lowering your liability. This requires time and effort. Call me today so we can discuss how I can help you.