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A question about job descriptions….out of the mouth of babes

job descriptionsOnce upon a time, there was a young woman studying to become an HR professional. Her professor invited a panel of senior HR professionals from each area of HR to meet with the class: Compensation, Recruiting, Employee Relations, Learning & Development and a senior HR generalist, who called himself an HR Business Partner.

After presentations, the professor opened up the dialogue to questions from the students. The young woman asked the group, “I wrote job descriptions in a summer internship, but I’m still not exactly sure how they are really used in an organization. Can you help me understand?” Continue reading A question about job descriptions….out of the mouth of babes

Illuminate with Statistics…

One of my all-time favorite quotes from Andrew Lang (1844-1912), a poet, novelist, literary critic and anthropologist:

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts…for support rather than illumination.”

I think the reason I like this quote so much (besides the wonderful visual analogy this provides) is that it reinforces what I have always believed – that any metric or measure you can come up with is simply a tool for exploration and discussion. Continue reading Illuminate with Statistics…

Connecting an (HR) Disconnect

Back in the 1980s, I thought HR was disconnected. At that time, I was starting out in compensation, writing job descriptions (yippee). This was back in the days of point-factor evaluation plans where details of what the job did, what/who it was responsible for and how it influenced in the organization determined the salary grade and pay level.  Job descriptions were pretty standard, and a quick look at shrm.org says they haven’t changed much….identification data, general purpose, duties, tasks, functions, qualifications/KSAs, special requirements, ADA information.

I didn’t quite “get” the purpose of job descriptions back then (it may have been because I really didn’t like to write them). But it seemed that they were written, graded and stuffed in a drawer never to be looked at again until someone wanted the job upgraded. Continue reading Connecting an (HR) Disconnect