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From the HR Experts: Job Descriptions

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 bench-marking 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
  • Giving management a more organized and defensible basis for human resources decisions