Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

I Wish You Could Do Away With Job Descriptions

IMG_1109Yes, I wish job descriptions were not necessary inside CPA firms. But, it’s hard for me to visualize.

I was recently reading a post by Leadership Freak (you should follow him on Twitter), that gave some great reasons not to give a new hire a job description. The example, an employer, hired a new person and didn’t give them a job description. They are writing their own. The new person has goals and responsibilities but he is writing the details himself. The boss and employee meet every week to track progress and set the path forward.

Read the post for yourself and see if you can see the two problems I see.

# 1 – Surveys tells us that young accountants want to know there is a career path for them and exactly what is expected of them. You need to paint a picture (with words) of where they are going and how they are going to get there.

# 2 – Notice the sentence: The boss and employee meet every week to track progress and set the path forward.

Number 2 is the clincher. Are your partners and managers meeting every week with the people they supervise to track progress and set the path forward? I see very little of this happening. I do see lots of questions being answered and lots of general direction being given but not the “progress and path forward” types of conversations that need to happen more frequently.

Set a goal this fall to practice your mentoring on a weekly basis – just until December 31. See if it becomes a habit!

  • "I really didn't say everything I said."
  • Yogi Berra

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