The unintended consequences of formal Job Description

Posted by Bogdan Dabrowski on April 21, 2015
Blog Post

Had yet another conversation the other day about JD and work effectiveness. My points:

  • JD goes against work effectiveness.
  • JD limits empoloyees’ innovation and engagement.
  • Employees feel forbidden to take responsibilities/tasks other than these included in their JD.
  • JD is just another corporate regulation which becomes a legal document that draws the State’s attention.
  • JD limits the amount of authentic work in the workday.
  • JD prevents proper time management.
  • JD "encourages" to deal with unimportant minutiae (work imitation).
  • JD is a static document that does not fit the changing work environment.
  • The company loses bottom-up control mechanisms by introducing JDs ("not my responsibility" paradigm).
  • JD prevents creating the horizontal relationships and networks.

So, what matters?

Virtues, attitudes, values, competences, skills.

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