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.