It Matters Little What Title We Hold

posted on Jul 10 2019

In the working world many people strive for that ever so important job title. What position we hold and our job title mean so much to us. As a young man listening to some of the older men at work, one man said, “if you can’t eat it, what good is it”. I liked that, a man with no ego. I assumed what he meant was who cares what they call you, what’s more important is are you earning enough to put groceries on the table for the family.

Our world seems to be engulfed in a frenzy of job title madness. Can our egos be so big that a job title means more than earning enough, enjoying the work or the potential to learn more? In the strictest sense of the word, your job title should describe your position as an employee; it may include a descriptive identifying the level and or responsibility of that position. At the end of the day, you better be able to do the work competently and safely while learning more or it won’t matter about the job title; you will be looking for a new one.

When one reads or hears some job titles, it gives no clue to the position.

For example, a “Pneumatic Device and Machine Optimizer”, further investigation revealed this position was a Factory Worker. Some position titles are self explanatory, while others seem to be a joke. A woman working in the restaurant business was asked her position, she responded, “I am an underwater ceramic technician”. Sounds pretty important and interesting. Later she admitted she was the dishwasher.

Why do we feel we must put on airs, why does it matter what position we hold?

From my perspective, in any walk of life whatever the job no matter how many employees, all the jobs need doing and all the jobs are important. All the jobs are required to make that specific business run efficiently and meet product deadlines.

Shouldn’t we rather be seeking a job that can utilize our own gifts, whether it be planning, scheduling, machinist, plumber or designer. Your gifts can make you a good living properly applied. Oh yes, your gifts in the truest sense of the word are not for you but for others; at least that’s how I see it, The Old Operator.

By Doug Thorson

This article was originally published in the Fall 2018 Issue #36 Alberta Utility Operator Newsletter.