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Are Job Descriptions “Old Hat”Posted on by Angela Rhodes
Do we still need job descriptions? When businesses and employees need to be responsive and flexible, isn’t a job description a waste of time and effort?
However, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, how will you know when you’ve found it?
A good job description provides numerous benefits, including:
Recruitment is still essentially about matching the demands of the job with the candidates’ abilities and potential. For that, you need to understand what the job involves.
Helps Hire the Right Person
Job descriptions that are well-written and accurate help attract individuals who have the relevant qualifications and skills, knowledge and attitude to fulfil the duties described. It can also help candidates prepare for the interview process. A good job description makes the interview process faster and easier with a better pool of suitably qualified candidates.
Improves Candidate Understanding
Candidates understand what duties and level of performance is expected from them based on a well-written job description and will be mentally prepared to work to a standard that is made clear to them from the very beginning.
Allows employees to work to the expectations of the role and it gives the manager a way to monitor and measure their progress.
An accurate job description will allow better benchmarking of the role, both internally and on the open market, to ensure appropriate pay and reward strategies
While a job description is not a legal requirement, it is regarded as best practice and can help an organisation stay compliant with many employment laws, such as discrimination and equality legislation.
- Headcount data
- Succession planning
- Training and development needs
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