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Old 6th June 2014, 12:44 AM   #11
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I go for "grunt" or "serf."
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Old 6th June 2014, 12:48 AM   #12
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I'd change anyone that is a 'manager' to 'vice president' or 'senior vice president' ... works in Silicon Valley ...
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Old 6th June 2014, 01:42 AM   #13
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I go for "grunt" or "serf."
Lest we forget Peon.

Weren't we trying to help this person?
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Old 6th June 2014, 02:40 AM   #15
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Ha! you can be paid the same, but if they call you "ecologic operator" instead of "basurero"(*) ¡what a difference!
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Old 6th June 2014, 02:47 AM   #16
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On my first trip to Tokyo, I asked one of the sales folks in the office to have some biz cards printed up before I arrived. They had them engraved, no thermoset. I should have saved them for they managed to turn out the heads of several leasing companies who seemed to be expecting royalty! And all we wanted to do was piano bar. To this day I have no idea what they put on the card as my title, but I am certain it was highly exalted above my lowly state.
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Old 6th June 2014, 04:38 AM   #17
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. . . I'd be senior engineer, but . . . they call me 'manager' . . .
I'd consider the "manager" title an insult. How about Lead Engineer - Engineering Team Leader - Technical Facilitator?

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Call everyone "associate". Including management level. Its like comrade, but without the rouge-tinged implications . . . .
I'd actually prefer "comrade". Calling everybody an "Associate" was real trendy a few years back and has not died out yet. At best it's meaningless verbiage just taking up space - kind of the 23-yr old MBA's equivalent of littering every sentence with "Ya know?". When I've looked closer at titles containing "Associate", it's a transparent, disingenuous, attempt to imply a degree of equality and authority that simply does not exist. It would be more accurate to include simply "Employee" or "Worker" in every job title.

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"Maintenance" and "Housekeeping"
Yeah, let's eschew obfuscation. Perhaps "Facilities Support" and "Guest Accommodations" might work.

Some other brainstorm ideas that may inspire a descriptive title for your workers:
  • For a long time I fantasized about being a design engineer, or at least doing engineering work. I passed out business cards (see atch) showing the title "Analog Artisan". (It was tempting, but I never listed my firm as "Amalgamated Feces Design", with the motto, "We have it together.".)
  • During one of my (several) stints with a local job-search club, I headed the committee that did set-up and tear-down of tables and chairs; secured and set up whatever A-V equipment, marker boards, etc, requested by our guest speakers, and reproduced handouts they wanted to distribute; monitored parking lot traffic and directed attendees to parking spots that wouldn't annoy the neighbors; made and served the coffee, and purchased kitchen supplies as needed. I was called the "Arrangements Coordinator".
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Old 6th June 2014, 05:56 AM   #18
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Chief engineer? chief can be both a formal and informal title

Failing that you could ask for a movie title, like top gun, the terminator or brave heart
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Old 6th June 2014, 10:09 AM   #19
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We have group of carpenters, painters, mechanics etc, with trade certificates. Some do work of a typical janitor, but all do assist or perform special tasks when necesseary. Which common name would be suitable for this group of people?
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You could use 'craftsmen/women' for this group to distinguish them from unskilled labourers in english.
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