Money is tight and everyone is looking to cut corners, especially employers. I'm seeing an old trick that's resurfacing in a big way: bosses appealing to the ego and stealing our personal time. They are doing this through a tactic I call, "the fake promotion" or what's also known as a fancy new title, more work and the same pay.
Of course, an important sounding title is nice. It looks good on a business card and it makes you feel good. But find out upfront what comes with that fancy new title. Will you be taking on the job of your former boss -- without compensation? Will it mean longer work hours that cut into your gym time?
A glance at the Movers section in my paper today reveals companies are boasting their employee promotions. But they are not actually hiring, rather just naming Joe Johnson to senior vice president. How many of you think there's actually money involved in those promotions? You can bet there's more work involved.
I just read a blog post by Working Girl. She says her boss told her they were changing her title and it was a step in the right direction. But it didn't come with the raise or the announcement of a promotion. In her post When a Job Title Means Nothing Karen Burns cautions workers to care about their title, just not too much.
The reality is few of us are willing to turn down a promotion (even a fake one) when we're scared for our jobs. So, what about a negotiation? Sure I'll take the new title and the responsibility. Yes, I understand money is tight. But I'm going to need to leave early on Fridays once a month or I'm going to need to leave early on Mondays to go to yoga class?
Would you consider turning down a fake promotion? Would you negotiate for flexibility when there's no hope that the promotion comes with a raise?