March 10, 2014
Update job descriptions: Job descriptions are often drafted when an employee is hired—never to be looked at again. As time passes and roles evolve, so should job descriptions. The job description should be an accurate account of what an employee is expected to do throughout the year and should be reviewed and updated annually. A valid job description can serve as an effective outline for a performance evaluation, ensuring that the employee receives a complete assessment of all facets of the job. Maintaining current job descriptions will also prove useful to the manager who is forced to conduct a reduction in force and reorganize job functions. It is considerably easier to evaluate whether certain employees can take on new or additional responsibilities if you have a clear sense of the work they are doing.