Do You Have a Job Description?
Jun 28, 2011
From Legacy Moment eNewsletter (06/24/2011)
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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.