I love my job, but I am frustrated at my lack of influence; part of it being the title I hold and all that.
Essentially, I function as a manager (as a program manager) attend all the same meetings to get things done, work directly with Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers, yet I cannot attend the leadership DEVELOPMENT seminars or classes, and because my title is "Specialist" and not "Manager," many other managers will dismiss my recommendations on patient education simply because, they CAN. And then, in order to get things done, I have to go my boss to get her to deliver the same message.
Yes, some element of influence comes with how someone carries themselves, etc. But ALOT of perceived influence comes from title.
Even down to stupid simple things, like my name badge. I can't have my last name spelled out on my name badge, only "managers and directors can." So there I sit in meetings with these individuals with my first name, last initial on my badge ~ many of them will ask if I'm who I am ~ because there is another person in my dept who has the same first name and last initial.
So petty, yet so frustrating! It makes my job more difficult!
I've spoken to my boss about this, essentially it was tabled.
UGH! Just needed to vent.