BUSINESS_SPECIAL_Who_am_I_in_the_Company

BUSINESS_SPECIAL_Who_am_I_in_the_Company - New Work Who am...

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New Work: Who am I in the Company? Ideas about a Different Kind of Job Title. In most of the companies an old traditional concept is applied, which is not really questioned. It is the concept of positions or jobs and related to that the concept of according titles of employees. Over the years certain names for specific job descriptions have been established in the business world, which are by now well-known by most of the business people: clerical assistant, developer, CEO, Technical Manager, Purchasing Manager, Key Account Manager, Press Officer, Chief of Marketing, etc. At first sight, it seems to be useful to entitle a certain task field and thus standardize the tasks. However, only few people seem to be aware of the fact how constricting standardized titles are and how they limit existing potential. Standardized titles put employees automatically into certain drawers. If for example a person has the title “ Clerical Assistant Materials M anagement” , they are limited to what they do according to their job description. In the specific case a clerical assistant has to work off e. g. small tasks and do a lot of paper work, but is in general not allowed to think visionary and apply extraordinary methods. This is different for somebody having the title “Purchasing Manager”. Already the spin of the title empowers the corresponding person to take over more responsibility and lead other employees. Yet there are numerous people with titles of seemingly high positions who have anything else but sustainable leader qualities, but think that they are allowed to reign and use power just because of their title. Standardized titles support hierarchical thinking and competition. They are generally assigned by top management and have the purpose of categorizing employees. By using hierarchically assigned titles employees become measurable, because the higher the title, the higher is usually the salary. In addition to that many people in companies seem to define themselves and identify with their titles. A title that is higher in hierarchy does generally not only mean more money on the account, but also more recognition. It is therefore not surprising that many employees strive for a higher title to get seemingly more recognition. An unconscious judgment oftentimes goes along with each standard title. A person with a higher hierarchical title is often paid more deference to. Many employees show for example more respect towards a CEO than towards a clerical assistant or assembly worker. This judgment also shows in modern society in the fact that the first question being asked when you get to know a new person is oftentimes: „ So, what do you do for work?“ It is first of all about what a person HAS (money, possessions) and DOES (position, title, etc.). It is rarely about what a person IS. The essential being qualities of a person are not considered resp.
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