Employers rely on job descriptions for many reasons. Typical uses include relaying information to prospective applicants or to a physician following an injury for treatment and return-to-work considerations. Not to mention for claims settlements.
Importance of a Job Analysis and job descriptions are crucial tools used by employers for various purposes. Such as informing potential candidates about the job requirements, assisting healthcare providers in treatment, return-to-work assessments and in settling claims. However, the creation of these descriptions should not be taken lightly, as they carry significant weight in the workplace.
Throughout my early career in middle management. I was tasked with writing or updating these descriptions, often using a standard form and basic in-service training. Unaware of the subtleties involved, I gathered information from supervisors or direct employees, not realizing the future implications of these superficially constructed documents.
In my haste, the potential consequences of using outdated or inaccurate job descriptions were not apparent. The accuracy of physical requirements, such as lifting 50 pounds, often goes unchecked. Posing risks for both the employee and the employer, hence the Importance of a Job Analysis.
“Choose your provider carefully!”
Advanced Ergonomics, Inc.