In episode 88, Coffey talks with Tammy Polk about the practice of inflating job titles. They discuss the roots of overtitling; undertraining promoted employees; EEOC and FLSA concerns about titles and compensation; understanding salary surveys; how to realign job descriptions, titles and compensation; emotional attachments to job titles; how managers should address title adjustments; input from employees in clarifying position responsibilities; and the importance of career pathing.

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Tammy Polk

Tammy Polk

Tammy Polk is chief human resources officer at Formstack, the SaaS-based workflow platform helping organizations streamline data collection and management without coding. Founded in 2006, Formstack is a remote-first company with more than 300 employees worldwide.

1 Comment

  1. Laura

    This was a very relevant conversation… and definitely has potential for problems. At a previous company, post-acquisition leadership wanted assure employees that they weren’t going to clean house. So they awarded every single employee below VP level with an AVP added to the title. This resulted in a great deal of entitlement and less collaboration.
    Thank you for the insight.


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