As an HR professional, you recognize the value of a strong, inspiring job description that reflects the culture, mission and vision of your organization. An HR DIVE article noted, “job descriptions are the blueprint to employee success” (2017). This statement sums up the importance of job descriptions and why they are such a critical piece of a successful organization. Accurate & current job descriptions provide strong job postings, talent, and employee evaluations for promotions. Job descriptions are evolving documents and are most up to date when they are consistently used, reviewed, and edited with the most current compliance standards. As a foundation of HR systems, job descriptions plan for employee futures from recruitment to retirement by allowing employees to see how their job responsibilities & achievements fit into the overall core values of the organization.
Even before entering pre-K, we are taught how our words impact those around us. They can make us feel accepted, upset or even guarded. As adults, our vocabulary may be more advanced than a 3-year-old's, but the sentiment remains the same: words matter.
Let’s first examine the current employment environment. It’s fair to say that from pretty much every angle, it’s an employee’s job market. Let’s look at some of the stats:
When I tell someone I work for a company that specializes in job description management software, I often get, "oh, so like Monster, Indeed, and Glassdoor?" 8 years later this response does not surprise me but what does, is how many HR pros still confuse the two.
Our very own Don Berman recently appeared on HR pro Laurie Ruettimann's podcast "Let's Fix Work" where he discusses why we confuse job descriptions with job postings and how technology is being used to change that.
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One of the most tedious tasks in HR is developing the perfect job description. This task typically falls into the hands of the Compensation team, with the help of other stakeholders, such as managers or HRBPs. But what do you do when each individual employee has their own job description? Or conversely, what’s the best way to handle job descriptions that share the same job title and job code, but contain different tasks and qualifications and should actually be broken up into individual job descriptions? You want to incorporate all employees’ work but how do you do so in the least number of vetted and approved job descriptions?
If you’re like me, you’ve had both great managers and then those who were, well, let’s just say, not so great. As an HR professional, you know that just because an employee is skilled in their field and has the most seniority in their department, it does not necessarily mean that they will succeed in an adjacent role. It takes an employee with a specific set of skills, knowledge, and behaviors to excel at certain jobs. But what is it that makes some employees excel in a position while others do not?
A few weeks ago, HRTMS participated in the Walk For Hope, an annual walk that helps fund life-saving research for the treatment of mental illnesses like PTSD, depression, dementia, and anxiety disorders. Like all of us, each member of our team has been affected by mental illness. We walked that day for our spouses, our children, our friends, and even ourselves who face every day with uncertainty but hope for a better tomorrow.
This past Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes featured a segment highlighting the still prevalent problem of unequal pay in the workplace. With women being paid 20% less than men on average, Lesley Stahl took a closer look at how difficult, yet doable, closing this pay gap can be. She turned her sights to Salesforce, a leading technology company that specializes in customer relationship management (CRM) software, with more than 30,000 employees and ranked by Fortune as the number one place to work for large companies. When CEO Marc Benioff was approached by his Chief People Officer, Cindy Robbins, in 2015 about concerns over pay inequality, he did not think that it was a problem that applied to their organization. But it did.
It was just over six years ago when I entered the doors at HRTMS and began my career as Marketing Director. I was a bit nervous but excited to be part of a growing company and work with people who were truly passionate about what they do. From the very beginning, I felt that my co-workers were more than colleagues and more like friends who I respected both professionally and personally. Working for a company like this was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. We volunteer to help our coworkers on difficult projects, the phrase “good job” is routinely expressed during most every meeting and we are encouraged to express our opinions and expand our working knowledge. And that’s just during the workday.