What’s Your Role?

Posted on Dec 17, 2013

Have you ever considered what your role is as a business owner?

Job descriptions are important for staff, but they are equally important for business owners for the following reasons:

1.  It lets your staff know what you do
This may seem a strange thing to suggest, but if you have never fully communicated your role to your staff, they may not actually know what you do (especially when it comes to those tasks you do behind the scenes). It’s likely instead, that they will have their own perceptions of your role and where you spend your time in the business. Confirming everyone’s role is not only about clarifying responsibilities, it can also help create mutual respect for how each of you contribute to the business.

2.  It prevents overlapping of tasks
One of the hardest things to do as a sole operator is to transition to working with staff and start delegating the tasks you used to do. If you’re not clear about your job description (as a business owner) then you may find it too easy to stray back into the tasks you used to do before you employed staff.

3.  It keeps you focused
Think of your job description as your personal business plan. Focus it on the areas of responsibility that you need to concentrate on to move your business to the next level. As your business grows, your role will transition from the day to day running of the business, to more managerial areas and you will need to write a new job description as things change. If you are clear about your role at each stage then you will ensure you stay on track to reaching your goals.

Clear and effective job descriptions for everyone in the business (including the business owner) makes good business sense. Write one up for yourself today and remember to share it with your staff.