"And Other Duties As Assigned"

A classic tag line in many job descriptions is: "And other duties
as assigned."

Yesterday in a job ad, I saw the following final paragraph:

"This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
skills, duties, requirements, effort or working conditions
associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate
reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to
revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be
performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in
personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technical developments)."

I had not seen that type of language in a job ad before.

Why is it there? Is it some sort of new legal tagline? How do you
feel about it?

To me, it makes sense. An organization needs enough flexibility to adapt to changing conditions and to seize opportunities.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, 03/27/2006

Comments

Chris said…
I don't know, Terry. Sounds like "management" might not exactly know what this job is intended to do. Kind of an attitude of "well, let's just throw everything in as a fallback."

When a job might change so radically that you need this kind of statement, it makes it seem like the job description is just a fluff piece.
Terrence said…
Hi Chris.

You may be right.

It reminds me of a professor I had in college who used to say, "Never assume the next guy knows what he is doing, much less why."

Terry
Anonymous said…
Your professor is absolutely right.

This type of language happens because some pinehead lawyer suggests it, and nobody wants to be responsible for nixing it.

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