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Can an Employer Change Your Job Title? By: Zoe Mills 

Mar 29, 2023 06:26 PM
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It’s true, an employer can change your job description. That may sound weird, but the fact is job descriptions are not set in stone and your employer may adapt it to meet changing business needs or better align with your skills and strengths. However, any changes to your job description should be communicated clearly to you and you should be given an opportunity to discuss the changes with your employer to ensure that you fully understand your new responsibilities and that you are comfortable with them. Additionally, any changes to your job description may be reflected in your salary, benefits, or other aspects of your employment, so it's important to review and understand any updates to your job description carefully.

What are the reasons that an employer would change your jobs description?

An employer may change an employee's job description for various reasons, including:

  • Business needs: As a company evolves, there may be changes in the way work is organized or conducted. The employer may need to adjust job duties to keep up with new technologies, changing customer demands, or shifts in the industry.
  • Performance: If an employee is not meeting the expectations set out in their current job description, the employer may revise the job duties to better align with the employee's skills and strengths. Alternatively, if an employee is performing exceptionally well, their employer may modify their job description to provide them with new challenges and opportunities for growth – a lateral move or a promotion, for example.
  • Restructuring: When a company goes through a restructuring process, job descriptions may be adjusted to fit new roles and responsibilities.
  • Organizational changes: An employer may need to modify job duties due to changes in the company's organizational structure, such as mergers, acquisitions, or divestitures.
  • Compliance: Employers may need to modify job descriptions to ensure compliance with legal or regulatory requirements, such as workplace safety regulations or industry-specific rules.

Overall, an employer may change an employee's job description for many reasons, and it is important to communicate with your employer to fully understand any changes to your role and responsibilities.

If an employer changes an employee's job description, the employee may want to ask the following questions: 

  1. What specifically has changed in the job description? 
  2. Why has the job description changed? 
  3. Will there be any changes in the employees' pay or benefits as a result of the changes? 
  4. Will the changes in the job description impact the employee's working hours or schedule? 
  5. Will the employee need any additional training or support to perform the new responsibilities? 
  6. Will the changes in the job description impact the employee's career growth opportunities within the company? 
  7. Is there a trial period for the new responsibilities? If so, how long will it be, and what are the terms of the trial period? 
  8. How will the employee's performance be evaluated with the new responsibilities? 
  9. Can the employee provide input or feedback on the changes in the job description? 

It's important for employees to understand any changes to their job description and how it will affect their work and career growth within the company. These questions can help clarify any concerns or confusion the employee may have.  

Ultimately, changing a job description is done by an employer to best suit the needs of the company by reflecting the strengths of the employee, however there are instances where it is closely tied with larger business strategies or, sometimes concerns. Open communication and asking the right questions will help both in the long term. Don’t' be afraid to speak up and say what you need to get the information essential to doing the right thing for your career path.