Most freshly graduated members of the workforce or even novice workers, will dive head first into jobs without knowing their job descriptions, and this practice is understandable. Often, many of these new graduates are just glad to have secured a job, and will try to avoid being too pushy, or nosy when it comes to work. It might occur to them that ‘demanding’ a job description could add to a negative impact of the impression their employer has of them
In fact, this could not be more wrong, as employers delight in employees that question their job description. These questions prove that the employee is interested in knowing the specifics of their job and that they want to know what their specific responsibilities are. Below are a few other reasons why job descriptions are extremely important to employees and even to people still seeking jobs.
1. Knowledge of Duties
Your duties and responsibilities will be given and clarified in a job description, ensuring that you understand what jobs you are supposed to do and which jobs you should not do. Simply ‘guessing’ is not an option, and you may end up trying to do your best while doing jobs that are not your responsibility and duty to perform. The result of this, on paper, is that you are not doing your required job.
You will not be credited with the jobs you may end up doing if those specific jobs are not in your job description.
2. Prevent Being Taken Advantage Of
There may be situations when, as an employee, you will be requested to do specific duties that are not part of your job description. You have the right to point out your job description and say that the requested job does not fall into your job description. Of course, it is best to do this politely.
You may choose to do these duties, of course, but make it clear that the duties you are performing are not within your job description. You and your manager may then decide to discuss whether these duties should be included, and about the proper remuneration for the duties concerned.
3. What Matters to Your Employer is Paper
Countless employees have have been known to say, “we did our best, worked over time, and gave our all, but we did not receive proper acknowledgment.” Unfortunately, most employers may be too busy to keep track of your performance. You may be required to submit progress reports on your performance. These reports, of course, should be based upon your job description, or it may not make any sense to your employer.