Every business wants to maximise the performance of each team member–this gives you the best shot of having vital objectives being met!A very practical tool can help you to lay a solid foundation for ensuring that your most valuable asset–your people –perform to their optimum. This vital weapon is… a job description! It not only helps to identify skills or abilities that are necessary for a position to be successfully filled, but also outlines to each team member what their role involves or requires. As we now move towards a more hybrid workplace, a relevant and detailed job description has never become so crucial.

A Critical Tool for every Business, The Job Description!

A job description needs to contain

  • The purpose of the role.
  • Key job functions -duties that are expected to be performed.
  • Details of when and how these jobs are to be completed.

A job description also provides the following:

  • Clarity and a common understanding of expectations and essential functions.
  • A document by which to measure an employee’s performance, success and accountability.
  • A document that can be referred to in cases of disputes or complaints.•A structure that ensures the correct rates of remuneration are in effect.
  • A basis for working out what additional training is required.
  • A clear understanding of the qualifications and minimum physical requirements of the job

What should be included in a job description?

  • Job title
  • Whether the role is full-time, part-time, fixed-term or casual
  • Details of work or job location, travelr equirements and hours, including any overtime that might be necessary; and hybrid arrangements
  • Highlight benefits, perks and workplace bonuses-e.g. flexible work schedule, onsite gym, remote work opportunities.
  • Salary structure including any relevantAward classifications.
  • Who they will report to, and what is the organisational structure?
  • Statement of purpose or objectives.
  • A detailed definition of the responsibilities of the position.
  • Description of minimum qualifications, skills and experience needed for the job.
  • Performance goals and measures of success.
  • Your part in keeping facilities clean and safe, and meeting OHS responsibilities.

Job descriptions are not “set and forget”.They should be updated regularly and re-issued when an employee’s role changes, as this will not only ensure that roles are being properly explained and under taken, but they can also form crucial evidence for a business in the event of a workplace-related dispute