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Do you know what your employees do in their job? No, really, do you know what tasks they are expected to perform and what goals they are expected to meet? If not, then maybe your employees don't either.
It's time to get those job descriptions in writing. But what do you include? The primary purpose is to identify the essential functions of a particular job. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), essential functions are identified as those that are fundamental to the position (as opposed to marginal).
Knowing the essential functions of each position will allow you to effectively assess an employee's performance in that position and to determine whether a person you are interviewing is qualified to perform those functions.
Here are some questions to answer when preparing or evaluating a job description:
Clearly articulated job descriptions can lay the groundwork for clear expectations for both the employee and the employer. If you've not already written job descriptions, ask your employees to list their duties and responsibilities. Compare their list with your expectations. Do they match up? If not, discuss the matter with your employees. This is a great opportunity to clarify duties and expectations. e