Most companies do not have comprehensive job descriptions for every position at their company. This is vital to a company’s health and well-being. Not only is it necessary from a legal standpoint given the fact that employees can challenge a company with a wrongful discharge claim more easily should a company terminate an employee for performance- related issued only to find out their position had no accompanying job description to use as a guideline.
In addition to the legal reasons for having a job description affiliated with every single job, there is a very important logistical business reason- as a professional relationship with an employee develops a job description can serve as a roadmap for guidance, instruction and performance reviews. It will always be present as an outline for what is expected of an employee and overcome any problem with lack of clarity about various duties of a job.
Supervisors can greatly benefit from clear job descriptions by always familiarizing themselves with each official description in their purview.