Ambrose responded, “I don’t think that is in my job description.”
I do not remember referring to job descriptions when making decisions. Nor have I seen other managers dig out job descriptions to justify decisions. Many companies, perhaps wisely so, do not even have written descriptions.
I am aware that job descriptions may become evidence when someone questions an employment practice. However, I’m not sure descriptions sufficiently clarify issues.
Although he recommends written descriptions, attorney Jonathan Sigel, says that federal law does NOT require them.
Here are a few problems created by written job descriptions:
- Too general and too out-of-date to be meaningful
- Good applicants do not apply because they do not meet ALL requirements
- They become tools for laggards who wish to avoid tasks
- Too much time and cost for writing, revising, and updating
- Brief, written summaries cannot describe ALL aspects of a job
I would guess there have been job descriptions on file for every position that I have held. But I have never referred to the file to determine what I should do. Have you?