Here’s a Recap of the First Six Reasons to Write Great Job Descriptions.
Employers who write great job descriptions are doing a lot of good for their companies and for prospective employees. I have written twice on the subject – Five Great Reasons to Write Great Job Descriptions and One More Reason to Write Great Job Descriptions – because of its importance.
The reasons are:
1. Company Fit.
2. Goal Alignment.
3. Employee Happiness.
4. Performance Management.
5. Litigation Risk Reduction.
6. Talent Attraction.
One More Great Reason.
7. Updating Your Job Descriptions Keeps Them Great.
Prior to this year, working from home was the exception rather than the rule. Employers believed that most jobs needed to be done onsite.
This past year has given employers a lot of opportunity to test that assumption for every job.
I urge you to look back at how well (or poorly) employees as a group were able to do the job from home. I’m sure some groups of employees such as engineers performed just fine, while some other groups such as customer service reps may have performed less than fine.
Now is the time to update each job description to specify whether a position can be done remotely or if onsite attendance remains an essential job function.
Why do it Now?
Two great reasons (of course!):
1. Your experience is still fresh, so now is the best time to take advantage of your lessons learned.
2. Employees who have disabilities often request working from home as a reasonable accommodation. If you do the analysis now, you will be well equipped to engage in the interactive dialogue required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Need help writing great job descriptions? Consult with a knowledgeable attorney in your jurisdiction.
I can help connect you with attorneys across the USA.
Please note: the above post contains educational information. It is not intended as legal advice. Engage an attorney who is licensed in your state to get advice on dealing with any specific legal issue.
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