Leadership/Innovation

How to Tell Employees Their Job Roles Are Outdated

Due to the influx of intelligent machines, you see a lot of new job roles across all industries. Some roles have become obsolete while others have added responsibilities. People that performed those roles must take up the extra duties to stay relevant. Nevertheless, what about those employees that cannot? In this article at Let’s Grow Leaders, Karin Hurt and David Dye discuss tips to tell employees that their job roles are outdated.

Changing Job Roles

No doubt that these employees have served the company well, but their job roles require more technical and proactive knowledge. Following are the tips to tell employees that job roles are outdated:

  1. Not Your Fault: The job market has undergone a sea change in recent years. It is necessary for the team to evolve. So, when you finally sit down to talk to the employees, do not hold yourself accountable.
  2. Show Empathy: The employees must be aware that you care about their career growth. Tell them how important and valuable they were in their job roles.
  3. Be Transparent About New Expectations: Instead of sugarcoating things, choose to be direct but polite with them. Define the required capabilities of the new roles and how they differ from the previous ones.
  4. Let Them Respond: You have shared the company expectation out of the new roles. Now, let them respond instead of assuming. They might be interested in the new role and are willing to scale themselves. Discuss if you have doubts about their scaling abilities.
  5. Create a Transition Plan: If the employees are interested in the new job roles, list the skills they must acquire. Specify how you can help them. If they are not comfortable with the new description, ask the various areas they are interested in. Build a career path around their interests.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://letsgrowleaders.com/2019/02/14/what-to-do-when-the-job-outgrows-your-employee/

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