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Your Employees' Work is Changing: From a Job to Several Roles
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
We live and work in a very dynamic and competitive world. In order to survive, our organizations are forced to be flexible and high-performing too. This is increasingly influencing the way work and jobs in organizations are set up: instead of 1 job, workers are expected to perform several roles in projects.

Traditionally, the purpose and requirements for a job are described in a 'job description': a structured and factual statement of a job's functions and objectives. It defines the boundaries of the job-holder's authority and includes the job title, department, associated responsibilities, reporting lines, tasks, required experience, knowledge, skills, level and perhaps a clear career path.
A job description is static, and is reflected in an organization chart (organogram). Both get out of date qui...
 

 
Borderless Demand Makes Job Descriptions a Formality
Bernard N Owusu - Sekyere, Consultant, South Africa, Member
De Jonge is right when he argues there is a whole shift in work performance and obligation.
Many employees are not observing this change. They ar...
 

 
Are Job Descriptions Now Just Guidelines?
Onyangore Peter Ogendi, Teacher, Kenya, Member
Indeed a job description is now just 'a guideline'. With the arrival of new technology and adults going in for evening/part-time classes things have c...
 

 
Put it in the Job Description
justice john a, Student (Other), Ghana, Member
Job enrichment comes as a result of technical know-how in ICT. Recently smart people are enshrined with more than one job at the same time because of ...
 

 
The Focus is Shifting from Job Description to 'Expectations'
Alan Kennedy
What we see changing is the move from a one dimensional perspective of work; namely a job description, to a project manager's multi-dimensional perspe...
 

 
Avoid that Side Jobs Become the Main Job
I Gede Darmawijaya, Teacher, Indonesia, Member
Most employees are working based on their job descriptions. It's their main job. They have to make every effort to succeed in their main job.
Wha...
 

 
It Can Be a Win - Win Situation with the Right Mindset and Limits
Ivan Kohlinsky, Management Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
I agree. Many years ago I set about persuading a chief executive that paying staff more for multiple skills and flexibility is actually cheaper...
 

 
Bringing Out More Talents
Onyangore Peter Ogendi, Teacher, Kenya, Member
We tend to force ourselves in some careers because we have no other options at that moment. With multi-tasking, people will be more innovative than be...
 

 
Job / Roles Discussion
Olli Kansanen, HR Consultant, Finland, Member
Exactly the same question was discussed in 1990 in management development forums in Europe. This is an important issue, but I am a bit disappointed th...
 

 
The Traditional Job Description is Now Obsolete
rajat baisya, Professor, India, Member
I believe that the old system of job description has lost its relevance as both process and technology have redefined a job as more holistic in...
 

 
Management is More Broad Based and Hence Multi-functional
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
Management today is more broad based too and hence success depends on the multiple roles and functions a manager acquires in his profession ove...
 

 
Employment Still Based on Experience / Curriculum Vitae
Musonda Ernest Kabwe, Zambia, Member
Employment is still based on curriculum vitae, showing a person's experience.
Many companies still demand that someone to be employed needs to ha...
 

 
Job Descriptions and Expectations
kvssiyer, Consultant, India, Member
@Alan Kennedy: Yes expectations are more critical to the function one is assigned with, rather than a typica...
 

 
Purpose of the Job
Olli Kansanen, HR Consultant, Finland, Member
In my opinion the most important question is the purpose of the job (=Why does the job exist?). This question leads to value added =output requ...
 

 
Implications for Managers, Opportunities for Employees
lenworth grandison, Jamaica, Member
Jaap de Jonge is spot on in his observations. This trend surfaced before the internet age, has steadily grown since, but I still encounter lots of emp...
 

 
Borderless Demand and Job Description
LEAH LYNDA I. STA ANA, Student (MBA), Philippines, Member
Borderless demand makes job description a formality, due to the fact that job descriptions are just a stepping stone on how to begin your work. Once y...
 

 
Skills and Competencies more Important than Job Specifications
Paul Strodike, Management Consultant, South Africa, Member
For strategic workforce planning, it is more important to know what are the skills and competencies of the person, rather than what his current job de...
 

 
From Specialization to Generalization
Ayele Abdata, Manager, Ethiopia, Member
Mr .de Jonge's forum topic reminisces us about the first of Fayol's 14 Principles of Manageme...
 

 
Implications for Managers' Roles
Jasper Mugambi, Manager, Kenya, Member
The implication of this is for managers is that they have to be more keen in their monitoring role. Due to the employees' performing of multiple roles...
 

 
Remaining Multi-functional Employees Have to Carry a Heavier Workload
Marc Tremblay, Manager, Canada, Member
The topic of discussion resonates with me. In Canada like elsewhere in the world, companies are systematically and drastically reducing the number of ...
 

 
Job-Roles Discussion and Unions
Richard Mariwa, Manager, Member
The ongoing discussion assumes the employees are aligned with the objectives of multi-tasking or broader roles. Once employees are onboarded, they are...
 

 
About the Pressure by Unionised Staff and Trade Unions
rajat baisya, Professor, India, Member
@Richard Mariwa: has raised an issue with respect to the pressure that unionised staff and Trade unions can exert o...
 

 
Technology Helps Increase New Roles and Duties
Leticia Olaverria, Accountant, Dominican Republic, Member
I am agree with some of the point of views expressed; the fast development of digital tools forces the employess and bossess to discover that we are a...
 

 
Information Technology and its Implications
Sachin Yemul, Student (MBA), India, Member
Day by day IT is evolving and making jobs more critical and complex in terms of roles and at the same time the requirement of manpower is decreasing, ...
 

 
Mental Boundaries
Helen Strong, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
The above discussion makes some excellent points about how people can grow and have more job satisfaction. However in our country one has to take into...
 

 
Working on Mental Boundaries
rajat baisya, Professor, India, Member
@Strong has raised a point which we indeed have experienced in the past. Workers suffer from two basic problems - o...
 

 
Mental Boundaries and Performance
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
The trend with management is towards a "more with less"-philosophy in terms of resources, materials, and technology. Hence the limits are extended in ...
 

 
Recruiting Multi-skilled Employees
seechurn, HR Consultant, Mauritius, Member
I am agreeable to the views expressed by Jaap de Jonge. We are living in a modern world where there has been a change in our system of doing things. I...
 

 
Change is the Watchword of the Future
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
The only thing that is constant in the world is change, and for survival in the future everyone should accept that, whether he or she likes it or not...
 

 
Job Descriptions and Organizations Chart
kvssiyer, Consultant, India, Member
A typical organization chart is the pictorial representation of the relationships in an organization, indicating the line of control and authorities i...
 

 
 


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