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From the HR Experts: 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 benchmarking 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; and

-Giving management a more organized and defensible basis for human resources decisions.

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