Job descriptions are the biographies of the workforce. Reading job descriptions are very similar to the introduction, you learn about the tasks, responsibilities, relationships and people you will be involved with. Having a strong job description can make or break a candidate’s decision to apply. But the real challenge lies in coming up with the strong description to bait people in. Tracy McCarthy stated, “Having a bad job description is worse than [having] none at all” (SHRM). I think it’s important to have a person dedicated to upkeeping and reviewing job descriptions yearly. Make time in their schedule that they do not get behind on this. Take feedback from current employees who are in those roles, they are the best description of all. Keep job descriptions action and goal oriented rather than skill or talent based. People can be successful in roles with different ways of doing things and this keeps the field broad and not specific to a small group of individuals. Lastly, keep up with the times. Make descriptions intriguing and understandable. Potential applicants will be scared away if they feel they can not understand the described tasks.
While this may be titled chapter 1, it’s far from the beginning. It’s actually no particular starting point of reason. I started a new job, in a new town where I have to use my maps to get from my house to my office, and the only people I know are my new coworkers. I have a lot riding on this job, it’s all I have for the time being to set me up in this new chapter of my life. Over the past 6 years I have had a variety of jobs in several industries. Each with their own enjoyment and challenges. But the most important things I have taken away from all of these experiences is, if you like the people you work with and there is a good management dynamic, you can look forward to going to work each day instead of dreading it. While you can learn to like your job, you typically know right off the bat if you like your manager or not. Liking your manager doesn’t mean your friends or hang out on the weekend, but they have earned your respect as a person you can count on to execute tasks needed for you to be successful. Managers care about the people they are overseeing, the physical and mental health in and out of the worksite is a top priority. As I read on “Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for 2020”, all of the employees share stories of how they know their company cares about them and establishes a work site that became their support system. People want managers that they can talk to, receive affirmation and guidance and are inclusive of all the dynamics of life that effects people’s ability to work. Companies cannot succeed with poor management. But managers are faced with the challenge of living up to all of these expectations. The greatest managers sacrifice the most and neglect the very same thing they are fighting to give their workers. They have to provide trainings, stay up on policy’s, schedule work and so much more depending on the job. They are the backbone to the company.
I one day will be the manager that makes my workplace a safe space where people feel like they matter. The wellbeing of the people around me are critical in today’s world. Balance between work and homelife is the most important thing I could stress. People can be replaced at work, but never at home.