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3 reasons why you still need to write job descriptions

Written by Guest Author | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Recruit staffMany an employer would love to get rid of the humble job description. They see it as a burden to have to write such a thing every time a vacancy comes up at their company. Indeed, it may be hard for them to appreciate the job description’s continued relevance when they come to recruit staff.
We’re sure you’ll know what a job description is – it’s the document that outlines the responsibilities of the job, and for which the holder of the position will probably need to possess certain personal qualities, experiences and skills.
The job description may have been around seemingly since recruitment began, but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon – and here are the exact reasons why.

1. They make clear what the role involves

If your employee has a fuzzy idea of what their job fundamentally entails, how can you expect them to be a success at it? There needs to at least be a sense of the basic framework of the role – otherwise, there’s too much scope for the staffer to simply interpret the job in a way that leaves vital duties left unfulfilled.
Your employee needs and deserves a clear sense of what things they should spend their time on while in your employ, and which tasks are more important than others. That clarity as to what is expected from the worker is precisely what a job description can provide.

2. They assist the recruitment process

Why would you want to recruit staff who you then have to let go – or who quit of their own accord – because they misunderstood what your job is really about?
Yes, job descriptions play a crucial role right from the beginning of the hiring process, by leaving the candidate in no doubt as to the responsibilities of the job and whether they have the right skills, experience and qualifications to fulfil them. It means that neither you nor the candidate waste time in applying for a job or processing an application when there is little chance of things working out.

3. They are helpful for judging performance

Many managers have difficulty with performance reviews, not least due to a belief that they can create conflict. However, there’s less scope for the worker to feel that you are being unfair to them if you have a clear job description and objectively assess their performance against what the job description outlines.
With job descriptions so instrumental in effective staff recruitment and employee management, even in the year 2017, you really can’t hope to avoid them – and nor should you. Have a chat with the Webrecruit team today about how we could help to drive greater value and better results from your hiring.

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