From the Hotline: Importance of Job Descriptions
Question: Why are job descriptions important?
Answer: Job descriptions serve a variety of purposes for both managers and employees, including:
- Helping managers explain the key functions of the position when interviewing applicants and/or orienting new employees;
- Providing employees and their supervisors with additional information to support developing performance and work objectives;
- Guiding compensation benchmarking and organizational design decisions by comparing similar levels of job duties and incumbent requirements for knowledge, skills and abilities;
- Improving employee performance by measuring performance with the stated duties and responsibilities of the job;
- Providing employees with clear definitions of job requirements and expectations for enhanced employee development;
- Guiding employees, their medical practitioners and management through decisions relating to potential workplace accommodation discussions; and
- Giving management a more organized and defensible basis for human resources decisions.