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Developing employee performance (2): Job descriptions and objectives

Authors: Colin Lamb, Susan Earle and Susan McRoberts

XpertHR editor: Bar Huberman


In this guide to performance development, we examine the use of job descriptions, the importance of updating them with the changing needs of the business and establishing clear objectives to ensure people are set up for success. This is the second guide in our series on developing employee performance:


  • An effective job description is key to giving people the clarity they need to perform their job effectively. (See Job descriptions)
  • Updating job descriptions on a regular basis is vital in ensuring the roles people are performing continue to meet the needs of the team and the organisation. (See The changing nature of roles and responsibilities)
  • Setting effective objectives in a way that people engage with them is a crucial factor in maximising performance. (See Effective objective setting)