Group Job Activities into Three to Five Accountabilities for Best Results

Chunking is a term psychologists use to describe a technique individuals utilize to group responses when performing a memory task. When we take bits of information and group them into larger chunks, we are better able to remember the details.  Psychologists argue our short-term memory can handle anywhere from three to seven chunks.

What’s easier to remember: 2485222593 or 248-522-25-93?  “Jobdefinitionisimportantforsuccess” or “Job definition is important for success?”  This is why we chunk numbers and words.

When defining job functions, leaders easily identify dozens of activities and functions required in the job.  This extensive list usually becomes the basis for job descriptions.  Unfortunately, employees can rarely recall all the job activities for which they are responsible and end up not accomplishing everything.

The best way to structure job activities is to group them into three to five larger chunks called accountabilities.  The leader and direct report can then think of the job in these easy to remember chunks, thereby improving their performance.

When defining your direct report’s job functions, empower yourself to chunk the activities and you’ll experience more success.

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