TRIPLE III TIME: Job Descriptions:  Setting Limits or Setting Priorities?

This week we are “analyzing” job descriptions.  Have you looked at yours…or anyone’s job description lately?  When you read through it…do you feel it provides you with work limitations…or does it serve as a guide for setting priorities for solidly performing your day job?  Finally does a review of your job description leave you with a feeling of empowerment…or an ability to proclaim in so many areas:  “Hey that’s NOT my job!”?

Too many times in too many workplace situations the wording contained in a job description drives down creativity and innovation.  Think about it.  Do people really look at their job description to measure WHAT ELSE they could beTRIPLE III TIME JOB DESCRIPTION PIC doing…or determining the limits of what they have to do?  And even when you see that little sentence that says:  “All other duties as assigned by leadership…isn’t it sad to believe that you have to be told to do a little extra?!

This weeks TRIPLE III TIME message:  Job Descriptions:  Setting Limits or Setting Priorities is intended to impact both employers and employees.  First don’t use job descriptions as “its not my job” hiding places.  There truly isn’t a more continuing improvement defeating phrase.  Second, leadership should not construct job descriptions that contain words which lead to employment limiting interpretations.  Instead use terms that encourage assuming additional assignments and suggesting professional improvement.

I understand job descriptions have a valuable purpose.  My questions is:  Do your job descriptions limit employee potential or provide priority guidance for growth and opportunity?

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on June 25, 2021, in LEADERSHIP - ALWAYS!, Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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