Industrial Relations

Every company's greatest asset is its staff. a position description is the best way to get the best out of them.

A position description is a practical tool that gives a formal accounting of the responsibilities of an employee. 

From selecting the right person to helping them achieve the best results for themselves, and your business, the PD lays out the roadmap for success.

A Position Description (PD), or Job Description if you prefer, covers several areas that can greatly enhance the future success of an employee and their relationship with you as the employer. From selecting the right person for a job to helping them achieve the best results they can for themselves, and your business, the PD lays out the roadmap for the job.

While an employment agreement is a general document that addresses things like hours of work, salary etc, the position description gives the employee a more detailed breakdown of their position.

A New Position

Whether you are bringing a new position into your organisation, or simply replacing an outgoing staff member, a properly constructed Position Description will aid the selection process by clearly setting out the skills and abilities that are required for the task at hand and detailing the duties and tasks that they will be required to perform.

The PD gives the employer a yardstick against which to measure the potential employee and allows the potential employee to explain to the employer how their particular skillset dovetails with the goals and requirements of the business.

Performance Management

Once the new employee is in place, the competencies, responsibilities, and tasks outlined in the position description can also act as expectation guidelines and can be used during employee reviews to measure areas where the employee exceeds expectations or falls short.

Should the new employee find that their workday is becoming overrun with tasks that are not in the Position Description, it allows the employee a basis to approach the boss to discuss where things are off track.

Training and qualifications.

Position descriptions make it easier to bridge a gap in the employee’s skills and knowledge and provide them with targeted training that they can work towards and discuss at their 1-1 meetings and annual reviews.

If a certain position requires minimum qualifications such as certification, a degree or a professional designation, you can list them in the position description. This will provide the basis for discussing how the employee training program can be directed to maximise the outcomes for all concerned.


Today’s modern workplace is an everchanging and evolving environment. A carefully drafted and regularly revised Position Description is a critical part of business success for every employee and business.

Assurance HR includes the preparation, drafting and revision of Position Descriptions as an important part of the range of professional services that they provide to business of all kinds, both in Tasmania and across the country.

Not only can they provide your business with systems and documentation that are needed in relation to Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Workplace Health and Safety, they also offer ongoing support to maintain this initial structuring into the future so that the business owner can get on with running their business.

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