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Want more responsibility on the job? Ask for it!

In today’s work environment so many professionals are stretched to the limit. Yet, if you’re in a new or evolving role or you’re looking to exercise your potential and expand your career opportunities, you may find yourself wishing you could take more on. If you can relate, I hope you’ll find this brief article helpful.

———–Published in the Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, July 28, 2015.

Want more responsibility on the job? Ask for it!
by Donna Rawady

Do you find yourself wanting more responsibility in your role at work? Are you confident you’re able to take on that work? Then, by all means, ask for it!

Your greatest opportunity for a timely response and approval occurs when you are able to approach your manager with specific recommendations about what you might want to take on and how you might go about it.

Consider these issues as you prepare and present your recommendation:

• Ask for some time with your manager. Let her know that you’d like to discuss additional ways in which you can add value to the department and/or the organization.

• Before you ask for the appointment be sure to be fully prepared in the event your manager offers to meet right away.

• Create a one-page document outlining the new responsibilities you’d like to take on (with a training plan and timeline, if applicable) and submit the document to your manager during the meeting as a take-away for her consideration.

• When discussing the proposed change, be sure to include how your increase in responsibilities will benefit your manager, the team, and/or the organization.

• You may also suggest that you and your manager schedule a meeting within a few weeks after you pick up the work to evaluate how it’s going from both of your perspectives. Building in a review meeting may make it easier for your manager to approve your proposal based on a built in evaluation of the change and your performance.

If you know you want additional responsibilities yet you’re at a loss as to what specifically you might recommend, then simply begin a dialogue. Approach your manager and ask for her advice as to how you might go about exploring new learning opportunities and/or an increase in responsibilities. Then, follow through and continue discussions from there.

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