Benefits of updating job descriptions

Posted by / 09-Jan-2018 21:13

Avoid gender-based language, such as “salesman.” Identify essential functions that are critical to the job’s successful performance.Employees can file ADA lawsuits only if they can prove they’re legally disabled and can still perform the “essential functions” of the job.

Poorly written employee job descriptions, on the other hand, add to workplace confusion, hurt communication, and make people feel as if they don't know what is expected from them.

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A job description can provide several advantages for a company--and its employees.

A job description can prevent hiring, promotion and dismissal decisions based on biased criteria, according to NOLO website, a legal advice portal.

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Recent case: For most of the year, city worker Roger Duello drove a dump truck. When he had a seizure, his driving privileges were suspended, including his license to drive dump trucks. Instead of a general term like “,” say the person needs “the ability to communicate company policies to nonmanagerial groups in person and in writing.” Instead of saying the position “requires heavy lifting,” say it requires the ability to lift 25 pounds repeatedly overhead 10 times per hour while stacking inventory.