A Publication of WTVP

In researching the Small Business Administration’s website to get a better feel for how they suggest a business gets started, there were many references on how to write a business plan but virtually nothing on how to create the people plan. You may be wondering what the people plan is. It is an organization’s template for how they will create a great workplace that is positioned for growth through their people practices—how they will recruit, motivate and retain the best talent while complying with state and federal laws. One of the cornerstones of a great workplace practice is well-written job descriptions.

The value of job descriptions is extraordinary when they are used to their full potential. Many organizations with job descriptions don’t value them enough because they aren’t aware of their many uses. Below are a few key considerations:

Wage and Salary Administration
Job descriptions are especially valuable in the following compensation-related activities:

Legal Compliance
Changes in employment legislation have been almost constant in recent years, and new issues are always being tried in the courts. In addition to the ADA, some of the laws that affect job descriptions are:

Human Resources Planning
There is probably no better tool when it comes to human resources planning than a well-written set of job descriptions. Consider:

While the thought of generating job descriptions may seem daunting, there are many resources available to make the job easier. The time and energy invested up front will make business growth more manageable in the long run. iBi