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White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007

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Job descriptions are the cornerstone of communication between you and your staff. After all, it's hard for supervisors to measure job effectiveness during performance reviews unless you and the employee both know what you expect.

Also, carefully drafted job descriptions can be useful tools in court. For example, if an employee files an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit, courts will review what the organization has identified as the job's "essential functions" to see if the charges have merit. Without a written job description, the court may decide for itself which functions are essential.

Key ingredients

Job descriptions can be as brief as one paragraph or as long as several pages. At a minimum, a job description should include these elements:

Title of position. Titles may seem unimportant, but they carry a great deal of weight in ...(register to read more)

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