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Retention + Mobility Job Descriptions

Achieve career dreams with flexible job descriptions

By Jon Spratt on July, 24 2018
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Jon Spratt

One of the most significant trends impacting the world of work today is the increase in job flexibility. 

No longer are employees expected, nor do they want to, remain with one company or even in one field for the duration of their careers. As jobs become more flexible, so do job descriptions and the ability for employees to craft jobs that suit their wants and competencies best.

Flexible job descriptions are allowing employees to change their jobs to suit them, without having to leave their current company or change careers entirely. Job responsibilities aren’t as fixed as they used to be, especially in organizations with a lot of interdepartmental collaboration.

As people rise throughout an organization, an increase in responsibility also means more flexibility. By giving employees the license to be proactive and drive their own careers, you are also going to see a greater degree of engagement and productivity.

Changes to job descriptions don’t have to be drastic to make an impact. Just by making slight adjustments to the range of responsibilities, increasing focus in certain areas, or changing your perceptions about your overall contribution to the company, you can start to see benefits.

Many workplaces are already setting the groundwork for flexible job descriptions by placing more of a focus on competencies. By determining the key knowledge areas, skills, and abilities for each job you ensure that employees come into a job with the traits necessary for success.

Many competencies are transferable between jobs, such as creativity, client focus, and innovation. Hiring departments are now looking for employees who demonstrate an ability to evolve and take on a variety of responsibilities. By making jobs less rigid, employees can take on tasks that are most suited to their talents and have more opportunities to develop their skill sets.

By focusing your talent and career management on employees first, and jobs second, you will see a higher level of engagement. Employees are eager to find careers that fit with their values and abilities.

By talking to your employees about their aspirations and encouraging them to enhance their job descriptions to suit how they want their role to evolve, you will benefit from a workforce that has a greater commitment to your organization.

Software tools help you with this process by allowing you to centralize your job descriptions and include competencies to help your candidates and employees truly understand the skills and behaviors needed to be successful in their job.