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The Future Of Job Titles!

Job titles are the flashy badges we wear proudly on our metaphorical corporate lapels, signifying our worth and expertise. But are they truly worth all the pomp and circumstance? In this whimsical exploration, we embark on a thrilling journey through the pros and cons of using job titles.


 

The Illusion of Grandeur

Let’s start with the pros? One of the undeniable benefits of job titles is the sheer power of illusion they create. With a grandiose title like “Chief Operating Officer” you can instantly command respect. Your LinkedIn profile gleams with authority, impressing potential employers and bewildering your high school friends. FYI I wasn’t too bad in high school. I just sucked at Math.


 

Hierarchy at Your Fingertips

Job titles also bring order to the chaotic realm of office politics. They create a clear pecking order, like a well-organized zoo with the lion reigning supreme.


 

The Double-Edged Sword

As we ascend the title mountain, we realize that every advantage comes with a price. One of the cons of job titles is the burden of expectation. When you are adorned with a title like “COO” the pressure to live up to the grandeur can be suffocating.


Your colleagues, and sometimes even your own reflection in the mirror, expect nothing short of miracles from you. Suddenly, you find yourself frantically googling “Prerequisites for performing miracles.


 

The Labyrinth of Confusion

If you think job titles are straightforward, think again! They can often be as clear as a foggy morning in London. While titles like “Software Engineer” or “Project Manager” give some indication of what you do, others sound like they were plucked from a fantasy novel. What exactly does a “Growth Hacker” do anyway?



 

The Battle of the Egos

Last but not least, job titles can fuel the fires of ego wars. The fierce competition for the most glamorous title can turn colleagues into foes, transforming water cooler chats into whispered conversations laden with envy and resentment. Suddenly, the focus shifts from collaboration and teamwork to a cutthroat race to the top of the title hierarchy. As the battle rages on, productivity plummets, and employees forget that the real value lies not in the words on their business cards but in the meaningful work they produce.

In the grand scheme of things, job titles are both a blessing and a curse.



 

Here is how you can evolve:

While we’re unlikely to operate without job titles in the near future I have some ideas for how we could elevate our approach to both titles and position descriptions.

When building teams around projects, ditch the hierarchy. Adopt an agile mindset where everyone is a contributor bringing their unique skills and mindsets… with one shared purpose in mind.


 

At one of my biggest projects I’m called the “Creator of Happiness,” because I do cool shit like pay people and foster positive culture. My “boss” is called “The Master Handshaker” because he brings in those contracts. The engineers are all called “Corporate Magicians.” These titles infuse our work environment with a sense of playfulness and creativity, adding a touch of magic to the daily grind. Who doesn’t love magic?


 

Salaries should be tied to bands, rather than positions. This means people still have opportunities to progress based on their skills, but their pay increase doesn’t need to be attached to a hierarchical job title that requires them to step into a managerial role.


 

Virtual and hybrid environments are making job titles even less relevant.

Work has to be done differently now, so it’s an opportunity to ask: What haven’t we tried? What have we always done but could do differently?

In a remote environment, we should be more focused on the experience and working together, and titles don’t really bode well with that.


 

Placing more prestige on skills rather than titles needs to be supported by performance management, reward systems and career goals.


As a leader you should be focused on growing your employee’s inherent capabilities over and above their current job title.



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