In times of tightness on the labor market, almost every entrepreneur, large or small, sometimes experiences it: one of your best employees leaves. That can hurt for a while, especially if the employee in question also turns out to switch to an employer in the same industry. In such cases, many entrepreneurs wonder what they could have done differently or better to keep the best people on board. Offer more salary? Other employment conditions? Or a promotion? Every individual case is different and the answer is often a combination of factors, but getting a grip on retaining your best staff always starts with the same central concept: job rating.
From job description to job evaluation
Job evaluation is understood to mean the classification and weighing of the various functions within a (medium) large organization. Job evaluation forms the bridge between the job description - in other words: what you put into a job in terms of content - and the way in which that job is rewarded in your company.
Implementing and subsequently regularly reviewing the job evaluation system in your organization can be of great value to your personnel policy. If done correctly, it ensures higher employee satisfaction, which in turn radiates to you Employer Branding.
Why job rating?
Job evaluation has been commonplace in the Netherlands since the 1950s. In the meantime, our country is leading the world as the country with the highest density of valued positions. The introduction of job evaluation systems was at the time an initiative of the government, which was soon taken over by commercial companies.
The most important reason for introducing job evaluation was the creation of a fair model of income distribution. Especially with larger companies it is difficult to maintain an overview of the division of responsibilities and activities. Carefully classifying and weighing functions helps enormously with the most honest salary possible. It takes care of that acceptance of income differences among employees. Differences are accepted because the system that explains those differences is trusted.
For employees, a well-thought-out system of job evaluation is great because almost every employee simply likes it appreciation for work done to feel. Job evaluation gives weight to work performed and therefore creates a sense of urgency.
Furthermore, a job evaluation system provides a strong one simplification in the field of HR. It is an instrument that ensures fair working conditions, which prevents extensive negotiations with every employee. Job evaluation creates clarity: both employer and employee know where they stand and know all the rules. This can prevent potential conflicts.
As a result, with the introduction of job evaluation, you can ensure that your best employees stay in service longer and feel less inclined to look for another employer. In addition to the fact that employees have excellent insight into the valuation of their current position and thus the substantiation of their salary, it is also clear at all times what it takes to make a promotion, for example. The job rating system helps employees in their development and encourages the most ambitious employees to grow into a higher-rated position.
Introduction of job evaluation
You do not introduce a job evaluation system at a company with only a few employees. However, if you wait until your company has hundreds of employees, the introduction becomes unnecessarily complicated. Often the moment at which your company knows a few dozen employees is the right time to introduce a system.
There are various recognized systems of job evaluation available. The introduction of job evaluation therefore begins with the choice of a system. It is advisable to use a recognized agency for this; after all, the introduction of job evaluation listens closely and has a great impact on the organization. Such an agency has a lot of experience with the introduction of valuation systems and you can, in addition to advising, also take care of the implementation thereof. That way you have the most certainty that job evaluation also delivers the desired, positive result in your company.
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