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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

Do You Have a Job Description?

Jun 28, 2011

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It’s a natural ‘next question’ when responding to disappointment or confusion on the part of any employee—regardless of whether they are a family member.

Many communication problems in a family operation stem from misunderstandings about job duties and responsibilities. For most employees, performance (or lack thereof) is measured against perceived rather than specifically stated job duties.
Creating a formal job description allows bosses, subordinates and colleagues in the operation to be completely clear about the expectation for each employee. A job description, committed to writing, encourages objective measures and performance reviews.
The Job Description Template on the Farm Journal Legacy Project website will help you spell out the duties of each job on the farm. Consider adapting the worksheet to fit your specific operation.
A job description may be one of the most important tools in separating the emotional issues of the family from the objective needs of the operation.
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Job Description Template will help ensure that everyone involved is clear about the position's qualifications and expectations.
A Family Employment Policy is an essential companion to your written set of job descriptions.
Not sure how to take the first steps? Let us help you get started. And you’re always welcome to send us your questions.
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