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No-raise promotions: A handy tool, but beware risks of ‘title fluffing’

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Check out the signature lines on emails you receive. Are you seeing more “chief” this or “senior” that or “VP” of whatever?

Title inflation—or “uptitling” or “title fluffing”—has been around for a long time, but it traditionally picks up speed during recessions.

While salary budgets are up this year—merit raises are running near 3.0% compared with 2.7% in 2010—some still-skittish employers are more likely to dole out title raises rather than extra cash.

Your organization likely doesn’t take title-pumping to the extremes of, say, North Korea, where dictator Kim Jong Il has more than 1,000 titles, including “guardian deity of the planet.”

What’s the response from employees to no-raise promotions? It’s better than nothing.

More than half of employees surveyed by OfficeTeam (55%) said they’d be willing to accept a promotion that didn’t include a raise.  

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