If you feel that your job title in any company or organization is more title than job, that is a red flag. You should not ignore the signs and you should start looking for somewhere that will appreciate your talents – because where you are now does not value you!
When good employers and organizations go bad…
Every good and hard-working employee wants two things from their employer: they want to know that they are contributing to the organization. They want to know that their efforts are appreciated. In a good organization, every hard-working employee is given both responsibly and a role that is vital to the organizations success. Sadly, some employers and organizations do the opposite. When they do, your employer and/or the organization are possibly saying these five things to you:
We may be telling you that we do not have faith in your abilities
Employers and organizations give their biggest tasks and largest responsibilities to people who they have the most confidence in. If you never seem to be given any real responsibilities or tasks to perform, while newer employees are, that may be a sign that no one has faith in your abilities to contribute to the success of the organization.
We may be telling you that you do not have a future with this company.
If an organization does not have faith in your talents and abilities, they are not giving you any real responsibility or opportunity to prove yourself to your superiors, then there may not be any opportunity for advancement for you in the organization.
We may be telling you that you are working for a company that is not well ran.
The situation could be much larger than “in title only” meaning there is not much growth potential for you. The bigger problem could be the companies culture is not healthy. You could be working with employers who do not trust subordinates with responsibility. There could be a culture of fear that no one, outside of the inner circle of a few, can be trusted to do anything in the organization,
We may be involved in other unethical activities
A culture of promoting employees “in title only” can be viewed as an unethical way to run a business. If a company is acting “unethical” in one area, you might begin to wonder what other unethical activities are going on in the company. Be careful not to give this much thought, because your imagination may run away with you and before you know it, you could wake up at 2 in the morning in a cold sweat after dreaming that organization was raided by local, state or federal law enforcement officials.
If you are disabled, we are insulting (and possibly discriminating against) you
Earlier this year, I was appointed to the position of sergeant at arms for a Toastmasters club. I held that position for more than 3 months before I stumbled upon it on the official Toastmasters site. During that time no one in the club told me that I had been appointed to this position. When I confronted the club on the matter, their response was “We didn’t think you wanted to fulfill the role.” They were okay if I didn’t do the job – and they were still willing to give me credit for preforming the role.
This incident was the biggest, and most hurtful, incident of my professional life.
As a disabled person, this groups action was received by myself as if they were showing pity on the poor disabled person.
The sergeant at arms is responsible for standing and leading the club in the pledge of allegiance at the start of each meeting. The Sergeant at arms is also responsible for setting up the room before the meeting and tearing down the room afterwards. This involved setting up a flag moving and arranging table and chairs, etc. Activities that I am unable to perform safely due to my physical limitations of my stroke.
By setting a disabled person up in a job that he or she can not perform because of limitations is setting him or her up to fail. That can be argued such action is discrimination and a violation of the ADA laws. At the very least it forces the organization to give the disabled person the job “in title only” and that becomes an obstacle for you, the employee, to shine.
Before you jump to the conclusion that your organization is a toxic place, ask yourself these 5 questions:
- Have I been a good team player?
- Have I completed every task given to me by a superior?
- Have I never dropped the ball on any project I have worked on?
- Have I taken ownership of my failures as much as I take ownership of my successes?
- Have I risen to conquer every challenge given to me?
If you answered yes to at least 4 of these questions, then maybe you are not being appreciated at your job. Maybe it is time for you to look for someplace that will appreciate your talents.
If you answered Yes to 2 or 3 of these questions, you have a tarnished image with this organization. You might want to see if you can stay with this organization and change everyone’s opinion of you.
If you answered yes to only one question, or if you couldn’t honestly answer yes to any of these questions and if staying and rebuilding your reputation is not possible, then maybe you should look to make a change. Start looking for a new organization to work with where you can start from scratch to build a new reputation for yourself.
Never allow anyone to convince you that the best you can have in life is a job “in title only”. If you do, then you will give up control of your future and your potential!