Job Descriptions


Job Descriptions

What is a Job Description?

Job descriptions are written statements that describe a job’s:

  • duties
  • responsibilities
  • required qualifications
  • reporting relationships of a particular job
  • working conditions
  • tools and equipment used
  • knowledge and skills needed
  • relationships to other positions


Job descriptions are based on:

  • objective information obtained through job analysis
  • an understanding of the competencies and skills required to accomplish needed tasks
  • the needs of the organization to produce work 

Enhance Your Organizational Communication

Effectively developed, job descriptions are communication tools that are significant in your organization’s success. Poorly written job descriptions, on the other hand, add to workplace confusion, hurt communication, and make people feel as if they don’t know what is expected from them.


Improve Your Hiring Decisions

Make job descriptions an integral part of your hiring and selection process. Use job descriptions to obtain employee ownership and support for the position and to trace the parameters of the skills and abilities you seek for the position. In hiring, well-written job descriptions can help you make good hiring decisions. And hiring the right team, or “getting the right people on the bus,” is critical for your future success.


Increase Profitability by Improving Performance

Job descriptions are an integral part of the performance management and evaluation system. They are used to:

  • determine salary increases and bonus eligibility
  • determine how an employee spends her time at work
  • provide a measurable focus for energy and attention
  • clarify the roles and responsibilities of an employee
  • focus employee activities on things that enable the organization to be successful


What you get is high performing employees and increased profitability for the organization.


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