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Role descriptions

A role description explains the work an employee is expected to perform. It covers the activities and accountability of the person who fills the role, as well as the skills, knowledge and characteristics required.

The role description helps employers identify the best candidates for a particular job and helps guide development and coaching plans for anyone who already occupies a role.

Instead of specific compensation details, a role description will often outline payment as “market competitive,” meaning the employee will be paid competitively compared with others in similar positions in the same industry.

Role descriptions are an important part of any performance management system because they help set expectations and goals for an employee and ultimately guide the work of managers.