Are Job Titles Really Necessary?

We live in a society where if a business grows beyond a certain size, the company starts to get “organized” by having an organizational structure and everyone gets a job title.

We use job titles for easy categorization. Our title says what we do and what we are responsible for. It helps group us with other people of similar title, with the assumption that we are from same profession and perform the same function.

However, job titles are also derived from the business model, business processes and how the business distributes responsibilities.


Job titles are badges of authority they define a job and an employee’s area of responsibility. It frees us from responsibility for other areas of expertise. In most organizations, the type and level of authority for each job are never or poorly defined.Although on one hand it promotes accountability, on the other hand it promotes passing the buck and shifting of blame.It may broadly define the jobholder’s functional area but promotes silo and selfishness rather than collaboration and co-operation. Think of where you last seen a dysfunctional management team.
Not getting the job title appropriate to the position can undermine your standing both inside your company and with outsiders such as clients. Job titles are labels. They are like coats that you put on at work. You are more than your job. For a business to thrive, it is more important for it to identify your strengths and deploy you to do work in an area which is your strength. How many of us have bosses that really know us beyond our job titles?
It tells us where we are in the corporate ladder and it provides us with a sense of self-importance. When you do so, you give up yourself to take on a label. It is more important that you work on your self-esteem, especially in these times, you never know when you are going to lose your job.Corporate ladders also help develop egos and ivory tower syndrome especially in management staff. When a business leader loses sight of the ground, the business loses directions.Respect is replaced with a job title.
Not getting the title that you are due can hinder your pursuit of future career opportunities. You will be seen as someone who actually is at a lower level of achievement than the one you have attained. This holds true only when the following holds true (a) when the job market has lots of jobs that you want to be in and have work environments which you love to work in (b) when the job contents of the same job title job in the company are the same.
In some cases, It certainly determines what we get paid, though not necessarily our actual value. Yes, to some extent, it determine what we get paid but (a) different business pay the same job title differently (b) the job contents and work environment are different (c) you may have the title but can you do the job?It also distracts recruiters from hiring people for their abilities rather than their eloquence. Do you know a boss that talks but do not do?
They communicate to people you meet, in a short and easily understood format, where in the organization this person stands.Job titles help to indicate organizational structure to newcomers and outsiders, they tell people the relative importance of the person they are working with. Yes, job titles are important only when it make it easy for you to do business with an outside party.Do you think other people really care about what is your job title?
Employers can use job titles to retain and reward high performing employees. Salary or title? What is the reason for you to work at a job? Which is more important?

When we argue for job titles, we are really missing what is more important. In order to survive and thrive, business leaders need to work as a collaborative team; employees need to flexible by becoming multi-skilled or multi-disciplined.