Companies today are opting for more fun and quirky titles for their employees for the impact or experience-oriented results.
Apple calls its Service Technician the Genius and the US-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt calls its Receptionist the Director of First Impressions. Similarly, the Matrix Group officially titles its CEO (chief executive officer) as the Chief Troublemaker and its Director of Administration as the Director of Details.
In reality, not much has changed about the work profiles of these job titles compared to their traditional monikers. However, the companies today are opting for more fun and quirky titles for their employees for the impact or experience-oriented results.
Even though the trend has been in for many years, in today’s time it seems to be an all-time mainly due to social media, artificial intelligence, environmental concerns and other new sets of skills required at the companies. The HR Career Report 2018 by Namely Incpoints out that this trend is likely to remain active in the future of the workforce.
Some of the interesting and creative titles for 2018 are as below:
Chief Happiness Officer (CHO): The Chief Happiness Officer is the ‘happy’ version of the HR manager. The main task of the CHO is to foster happiness in the workplace. A happy workplace is high on both employees and employer’s agenda and the CHO’s are hired to nurture such environment.
Vibe Manager: Having good vibes have never been so rewarding as now. Hotels and companies hire vibe managers who can plan office parties, dinners, events, find the best of the venues and stay connected with the latest industry trends.
Director of First Impressions: There is no doubt that the first impression matters and in any company, it is the front desk receptionist that carries this responsibility. Whether it is to attend to the customers, potential investors, government officials, the receptionist has to behave the best.
Digital Prophet: US firm AOL has a Digital prophet to predict the future technology trends for the company. With the ongoing changes in tech world, the role of a Digital Prophet is likely to gain popularity in the coming days.
Software Ninjaneer: Software Ninjaneer is the quirkier title for the software developers or engineers, especially popular among the startups which do not want to stick to the boring titles.
There are many other interesting job titles like In-house Philosopher, Chief Story Teller, Chief People Officer, Chief Tweeting Officer and Chief Jolly Officer that are becoming common on the job portals, on the company websites and with the recruitment agents.
While the conventional wisdom may argue that what’s in a title, these unconventional titles have already proven their impact at both startups as well as the big companies. They make employees feel a sense of individuality and tickle their ‘think-out-of-the-box’ bones to be creative and if nothing, they make an interesting start for a conversation.
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