Guest Contribution by Sarah Beckett
In today’s crazy world, people are changing jobs at an ever-increasing pace. Rapid changes in technology, coupled with major shifts in demographics, mean that jobs are evolving more quickly than ever before, and the competencies and skills required are in constant flux.
By the end of this post, you will know:
- The importance of mapping your world of work using job descriptions
- The top 3 reasons why you need to map your world of work
- Next steps to map your world of work
To deal with this new reality, and the extra challenges it brings to hiring and retaining talent, it is essential that employers have a clear understanding of what skills and competencies are needed by their employees to ensure organizational success.
Mapping Your World of Work with Job Descriptions
The journey to a great employee starts with a great map.
Why is it important to map your world of work?
By mapping your world of work, you are defining job requirements, and articulating them in clear, concise and measurable job descriptions. We see this as the map of your organization’s DNA.
This map enables your employees to see how they fit within the organizational context, and how they can grow personally and professionally as part of your business. It enables you – as the employer – to have a clear and objective set of requirements that help you hire, develop, and retain great employees.
Using standardized content to define your jobs, such as competencies, knowledge, education, and certifications create a system that clearly articulates the transferable job requirements. It also standardizes and organizes your job descriptions.
Top Three Reasons to Map Your World of Work
1. End the administrative nightmare!
Job descriptions are typically looked at as an administrative nuisance that adds little value to your organization.
But what if that wasn’t the case? What if you could draw upon hundreds of job descriptions based on the latest labor market trends that reflect what employers are actually looking for when they are hiring?
Having those kinds of insights at your fingertips not only saves massive amounts of time when filling a position but makes sure that you are hiring, developing and retaining employees with the right skills and competencies that will carry your organization into the future.
2. Communicate clear job expectations with quality job descriptions
Our tech-driven society has unequivocally altered employees’ expectations, creating new demands of opportunity, immediacy, and equality. Employees are asking for clarity and direction about their day-to-day tasks.
Having clearly documented job requirements is the first step down this path. Enhancing your job descriptions with competencies gives employees the behavioral cues that help them understand what success looks like, and how they can become a top performer.
3. Offering opportunities to grow across the organization
Traditional linear career paths have become a thing of the past as employees increasingly look for lateral career moves that help them acquire the competencies and skills needed for career growth.
Unfortunately, most employers don’t have the tools required to see what lateral opportunities are available in their organization.
This is more apparent if your workforce consists of millennials as according to Inc.com, 46% of millennials left their last job due to lack of career growth. This is unusually done as a last resort since according to a 2015 Gallup poll, 66% of employees will first look to see if there is an interesting and open position at their current company before looking elsewhere.
Help your employees explore potential lateral opportunities by using a common set of competencies, knowledge, education, and certifications to define your jobs. It also lays a clear path to enable the employee to find their way to their target role, build the action plan to get there, and navigate the world of work in your organization.
For many people, seeing is believing.
So, don’t wait! Let us save you time and show you how we can help you communicate job expectations with hassle-free job descriptions.
Let HRSG show you how to start mapping your world of work today and chart your course to organizational success.