What is Job Family Modeling?
Job family modeling is a tool that can serve as the foundation for many Human Resource processes and systems, including an approach integrating people and jobs.
A job family describes several different roles which are engaged in similar work. A job family model considers how many levels of that type of work there are and describes them in a way which clearly differentiates the levels.
An integrated approach to talent management, rewards and performance management
At the foundation of a job family model is an effective description of levels of work.
Integrating with other HR programs
Career Paths and Career Development
The Job Family Model describes the work along logical career paths.
To provide a complete and comprehensive career development plan, the following are also required:
New Approach to Total Reward Management
Job family models can represent an important first step in the development of a new compensation structure for an organization. In this case the job family model may serve as the format to document job content in the organization. Rather than writing new job descriptions or collecting job questionnaires, the job family models are developed and jobs in the organization are mapped to the model.
The jobs then needs to be priced against the marketplace to develop appropriately competitive salary ranges.
This also provides the organization with the opportunity to customize their compensation package by job family and/or job type.
Performance Management and Promotions
Job family models provide the basis for a new or enhanced performance management process:
Job family model(s) can become the basis for communicating several aspects of the organization’s human resource programs to employees.
It can explain the basis for the grade structure, describing to employee’s the meaning of each grade in a language they are familiar with.
It can describe the salary structure as well, providing a meaningful description of the grades.
It can provide them with a basis for career paths and promotions, showing the employee how the role at the next level in their job family differs from their role.