Does your job title matter? You bet!

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One admin wrote on the Admin Pro Forum: “Our company just reorganized and changed our job titles from administrative assistant to ‘office assistant.’ None of the job functions changed. I feel demoted.

“Should we go to our manager and speak to him about our displeasure or just be quiet and not say a thing?”

What she heard in response was a wide range of perspectives, with some admins saying, “Just be thankful you have a job.” Others encouraged her not to be a doormat.

Think like your manager, wrote Mark. What might compel him to change your title back? Approach him in a “Can I make a suggestion?” manner.

“Point out that a job title is something that affects job satisfaction,” he says, and that a job title is an enhancement that doesn’t cost the organization a penny.

A title is not merely words; the work you do defines you, wrote another reader. This could simply be a prelude to better things: “I once worked for a company that went through something similar,” she wrote. “It was done to allow promotions to exceptional support staff.”

Do research on titles and salary in your city before you approach your boss, advised Trisha, using Salary.com, Payscale.com, the Office Team Salary Guide, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Arm yourself with numbers, then make your case to the boss. “A title is not merely words on paper,” she says. A job title change could be followed by a downgrade in salary, based on the new classification system.

Why walk around on eggshells? asks Bold Admin. We’re all thankful for jobs, but “it does not mean we have to become complacent. I do think employee morale is often overlooked.” Just be professional and ask, “Why the change?”

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