Titles

It seems the title a job gives has come to define all in our world. Back in the day I am sure we were just happy to have a job doing what we loved, with boat ‘things’.

We had workers, foremen and managers where now we have production operatives, heads of departments and non-executive directors. Does this mean those folk work any better, or does it not just demean the worker?

Now looking through my business card collection, doing my usual yearly cull (moved on; no longer relevant; never buys a beer; no longer with us.), I was taken by the vast array of job titles!

Surely in the end it’s all about the work done; to create a fancy title it does not change that, it just adds to layers in a structure. Should the title entitle you to feel more power and if so what can you do with it?

In any organisation, the more layers of titles created the more reason for the actual work to be done diminishes, with more time spent protecting the position and title achieved. What was done by one suddenly becomes a team, with empires being created.

You see so many focused companies and organisations lose what started as a simple premise -doing the work- ending up so unfocused that the actual work sometimes seems secondary to finding reasons not to do it…

This leads to inefficiently in the working environment and most importantly the disconnection from the actual workers (now production operatives) and the customers who pay for the very existence of the business.

So when you are thinking of the plans ahead just be aware that the titles you bestow don’t always create the effect that you set out to do.

Don’t even get me started on recognition awards, that reward for just doing the job your paid to do. That’s a whole bigger conversation in the bar of life!

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