Running a small business can be a herculean task. From finding the right team to supervising daily operations, each has its own significant challenge.
When managing employees, it is necessary to be able to distinguish between the nature of an employee’s work and the level of an employee’s work so that you can properly evaluate your workers and determine whether they are a good fit for your organisation or not.
The nature of an employee’s work is best defined as the type of work that he does. This can refer to the basic daily tasks that he carries out as part of his job, and it can refer to other non-routine tasks that may also be required on the job. Added together, the characteristics of these tasks comprise the nature of an employee’s work.
The nature of this work may be summed up in the employee’s title. For example, a Human Resource Manager is someone who manages a Human Resource department and performs all of the tasks required of such a position.
The level of an employee’s work refers to the quality of his performance, relative to others with jobs of a similar nature. The level of work is related to the nature of an employee’s work because it provides an indication of how well the employee is performing the tasks required for the position. The level of an employee’s work may be graded objectively, or perceived in a more subjective manner by his superiors within the company.
The complexity of the job performed by employees and the nature of the job are also directly related to one another in a fairly intricate fashion. Organizations are all structured in different ways, but it is clear that in nearly all organizations, the more complex work is performed by those at the high end of the chain. These are the managerial and executive individuals who are responsible for running an organization. The nature of their work is typically more complex than the work performed by those in entry-level positions.
An employee’s work can be evaluated in the same way, regardless of the nature of the work performed. Evaluating an employee for his work is done relative to his position within the company. Although you may not necessarily grade an entry-level employee in the same way that you would a manager, in terms of specific tasks, most companies have some type of established rubric by which they grade employee performance. Employees may be said to perform satisfactory work, superior work, or even sub-par work if the work does not measure up to the expected standards of the company. This is a means of measuring the level of the employee’s work, as opposed to its nature.