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Typically, writing job descriptions is human resources’ territory. HR is responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date job descriptions for every role in your company and one of the key best practices for writing a stellar job description is to first perform a job analysis of the position.
The job description generally outlines the purpose of the job and essential job functions, along with any key requirements or job expectations, whereas the job analysis takes it a step further and breaks down each essential function into smaller, measurable tasks.
HR is unlikely to have performed every job in your workplace, so to conduct a proper job analysis, HR needs to objectively examine the following job elements through observations and interviews with current workers and supervisors:
With productivity goals and busy work schedules, however, it can be difficult for workers to find the time to describe all the “how” and “why” of doing specific tasks. To address this challenge, you can make the process part of your workplace safety program and enlist the aid of safety managers.
More than just administrative paperwork and compliance red tape, thorough job analyses can help keep workers safer on the job. Here are five safety reasons for employees to embrace the job analysis process.
Employee engagement is an important part of a successful workplace safety program and many key program elements are best served when safety and HR team up and share information. New technologies make it easier than ever for leadership teams to collaborate and share data in real-time.