Articles by Matt Morgan
- Titles at Blend: Taking the road less traveled
Blend takes a fresh look at traditional workplace practices, including job titles. Some of their tactics include: • Their CEO, Nima Ghamsari, believes that traditional titles are often misrepresentative and dangerous to company culture. Blend aims for transparency and meritocracy as principles, but traditional titles are often given out as honorary rewards rather than based on actual responsibility and impact. Titles are also not consistent across companies so they are not a good indicator of a person's suitability for a role. • Matt Morgan, the article author and Blend's head of people, had an experience where honorary titles led to inequities and confusion about people's actual roles and responsibilities. • Blend's principles for titling are that titles should be descriptive, honorific titles are counterproductive, titles and compensation should be decoupled, and ambition for titles alone is misguided. At Blend, titles reflect functional responsibilities and management levels, not perceived value or seniority. • While some employees want frequent promotions for recognition, Blend focuses on growth, impact and compensation instead of titles.