forced to change job title
March 30, 2010 10:01 PM Subscribe
Should I fight an attempt to change my job title?
posted by diode to Work & Money (5 answers total)
Okay, new job, maybe 6 weeks. Title is 'Internet Marketing Manager.' In reality, my responsibility arena is more in terms of managing an online web store for the company, plus relevant marketing. Nevertheless, that was the title of the position when I was hired.
One week after I was hired, the company hired a marketing director. Since we work in different departments, there hasn't been a lot of contact between us work-wise. There's definitely been bit a bit of primate ranking going on, though I tend to simply mind my own business and stay relaxed if possible about it. Overall, the marketing director seems like a fairly typical marketing nerd, kind of an alpha type, very social, where I'm a bit of an introvert, technical type.
So, I learned today that the marketing director is 'concerned' that clients will misconstrue my title. It will confuse them.
Really no one cares about it but him and me. It's one of those silly turf things that get started in companies. This is a small family-owned manufacturing business, so the currents can sometimes be a bit intense and idiosyncratic.
So, for me, the title is one I like. I want to keep it and I don't want someone reaching out a godly finger and altering my job title in this way. It's irrelevant to anything except internal politics in my opinion.
I think it's an alpha way of sidelining a possible opponent. I'm not an opponent, more likely I'd be helping him in this very area of Internet marketing though that's not my position's ostensible focus.
I can speak to the person responsible, perhaps try to frame things to his advantage to leave things as they are, I can be stubborn or use what internal capital I've accumulated to attempt to stop this...throw a fit in other words, or acquiesce and use my buddha-like nature to simply roll with the change.
I've even been asked to suggest new titles for my job. 'Grand Poobah of the Internet Dominions and Parts Unknown' comes to mind. Any suggestions appreciated as to the appropriate course of action, or non-action.