Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 10:39 am

The Halogen job description process ends April 10.

Supervisors and employees have been reviewing, editing, approving, and signing-off on job descriptions. Halogen sends notifications to staff when tasks are due.

A total of 317 job descriptions are in the process for review. So far 22 percent were completed, with the remainder pending. Staff who haven’t yet heard from their supervisor or received a notification from the Halogen system, should expect to this week. Timely completion of the process is appreciated and necessary in order for Human Resources to open the performance appraisal process on time on or around April 16.

Scheduled Dates

Job description process: March 20 – April 10

Performance appraisal process: April 16- May 31

Questions or request for assistance may be directed to HR at 269-4818 or email hr[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

The Importance of Job Descriptions

So, why is it so important to have a current job description? Here are a few reasons:

  • Performance management. Clear job responsibilities define performance expectations and aid in developing goals.
  • Professional development. Knowledge of the educational background, skills and abilities required for positions helps identify training and development needs for employee job growth or promotion.
  • Recognition and rewards. Serving as a baseline for performance, the job description is a tool to recognize when an employee goes “above and beyond” what is normally required.
  • Compensation. Comparison of job descriptions, both internally and with available labor market data, informs the placement of positions within the overall compensation structure.
  • Return-to-work, accommodations, and disability benefits. Properly defined essential job responsibilities, mental, cognitive and physical requirements, and work environment conditions, helps assess ways to return an employee from an illness or injury, accommodate individuals with disabilities, or determine eligibility for short or long-term disability benefits.
  • Recruitment and orientation. Job descriptions are necessary for creating job advertisements and appropriate interview questions. They provide information to candidates and serve as guide for orientation when hired.

For further information: Halogen Process (PDF)