In today's business environment, there is a decline in job descriptions, both the development and usage.Many\n companies argue that job descriptions are too time consuming to write \ndown and are soon outdated. Other resistance might say that employees \nknow what they are expected to do, and still others say their employees \nhave many varied jobs, so there is no use in having a clear definition.However,\n job descriptions are still very useful. Yes, they take time to develop \nand yes, they need to be reviewed at least annually for possible \nrevisions, but they also help set the pace for what your company is \nseeking to accomplish.If you start by defining what your \ncompany's goals are, and then develop job descriptions for your \nemployees which will move towards achieving those goals, you will move \nyour organization forward at more measurable paces.A job \ndescription also lets an employee know what is expected of them, cutting\n down on confusion and assisting in performance reviews. A basic outline\n helps employees be aware of their main focus. Duties can always be \nchanged or added.Once everyone has a specific job description, \nyou can see if you are expecting too much from one person or if there \nare not enough tasks to keep another employee productive throughout the \nday. Based on this information, you can revise accordingly.You \nmay wish to set up ann office toolbar or calendar which is accessible \nfor all employees. Each person can go in and write their duties for a \nspecific time frame (daily, weekly, or specific to your needs). If an \nemployee finishes a project quickly, they could look at the shared \nproject calendar, see what is still outstanding, and assist with that \nuntil their next task.This eliminates the need to constantly \nassign duties. It also gives employees a better sense of teamwork. An \nadditional benefit is the ability to see if one employee is consistently\n lagging and needing assistance or if you have a fast-tracker who always\n finished quickly and helps others.Using these tools, in \ncombination with a defined job description, can give your company a jump\n start on helping employees feel secure and in meeting your goals. *********************************Cathy Eichele, our President and CEO, wrote the\n following article which appeared in the October edition of the \nEvansville Business Journal. We’d like to thank them for allowing us \nthe privilege of providing an article for the publication.