Answer each question in the space provided. When you have completed the form, click “Print” or “Download” to generate a complete job description created from your answers. If you’d like, you can add your company logo by clicking “Choose File” in the box located in the upper right-hand corner of the form.
If you’ve already used the Business Plan and SWOT Analysis tools (and we do recommend doing those first), you are well aware that one major benefit of using those tools is providing clarity for your team. When you know where you’re going and what you need to do to get there, you can get your team on board for the mission.
This—the job description—is an excellent way to help each individual team member understand your vision and the role they play in company growth.
Very few small business owners bother with job descriptions. They see these guides as unnecessary paperwork stating the obvious. The problem is, your employee’s job isn’t obvious. They may know which basic duties to perform, but do they know which duties are your greatest priority? Do they know who to report to? Who reports to them? How their performance is measured? What it takes to move up in the company? Do they fully understand their unique role in driving your mission forward?
Without this clarity, each employee will pull in the direction that makes the most sense to them. There is no unity, and there is frustration all around when you express disappointment in a team member who thought he was doing great.
On the other hand, a clear and direct job description tells the employee that they are a valuable part of your company. They know what’s expected of them, and they know they have a purpose here. They trust that when they work hard and perform well, you’ll see it. And they begin to envision a future with your company. They see this as a place where they can learn, grow, and earn more over time.
That’s how you get the best out of the people you hire.