Why are Position Descriptions important?

Besides simply being a statutory requirement to have a position description as part of the employment contract, having a well-developed position description can be far more useful than this.

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They are extensively used whilst recruiting, during performance appraisals, when setting goals or KPIs and for establishing remuneration levels amongst others.

  • They help identify the skills and competencies required for the job during recruitment. This is very useful when drawing up the job advert and preparing questions for the interview
  • They provide a clear understanding of the role for a prospective job candidate and are instrumental in making sure that you have covered all essential points during an interview
  • They set clear expectations between an employer and employee
  • They provide a fair basis for evaluating performance in a particular role – it is hard to measure the performance of a job if this job has not been well defined
  • They help to identify training needs and areas for development
  • They help reduce overlap between roles
  • They can also be an essential tool during performance management or disciplinary issues


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Although this list is far from exhaustive, it does clearly show why Job Descriptions are important to both the employer and the employee and can be a very effective tool to have in different circumstances.

EIPM can help

Whether you need to develop position descriptions for new or for existing roles, whether it’s for just one position or for an organisation-wide exercise, EIPM can help.

We can use our experience, expertise and access to extensive resources to prepare tailor-made position descriptions that can then be finalised together with yourself, to ensure that they accurately reflect the role in your business.

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