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Added responsibilities = added pay?

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Question: I'm going to be taking on the responsibilities of someone who is leaving the company. What's the best way to ask for added compensation for this, since they aren’t going to be paying the person who's leaving? I just don’t want to be taken advantage of.

Thanks!  -- DH


Initially I would ask to have a one on one with my supervisor to clarify if the responsibilities are temporary or permanent because it's important to not assume anything. If the tasks are permanent, the supervisor may need to be reminded that this will change your job description. Again, without assuming anthing ask if there will be a change in salary. If not, then the decision is up to you to accept the new role or make suggestions on how to distribute the responsibilities. However, you now have grounds to state your case on your past contributions and why you should get a raise. Remember, many companies are much too willing to add responsibilities to their employees without thinking twice about compensating them, especially if this decision is not contested. I certainly wish you success.

Unfortunately, alot of companies wait to see if the employee asks for compensation, if not, they are happy you didn't bring up the subject.

Be daring enough to let them know you will be more than happy to accept the additional responsibilities and hope they considered a pay raise for you, and you are available should they need to discuss compensation.

I am timid in that sense too and have been blessed with cosiderate bosses. But, that was not always the case. Say something, in the most polite, professional manner you can. The worse they can do is say "no".

Good luck & Merry Christmas!

Unfortunately, when an employee leaves, may companies look at it as an opportunity to give his/her responsibilities to somebody else who already has a full-time job. This is an informal way of downsizing without laying anybody off. I would follow Anita's advice. You should also go to websites which have job descriptions which encompass the additional skills and responsibilities and salaries so you have something to back up your request for more money. If you end up having to take the additional responsibility without additional compensation, do the work for a year and then get another job with a company that will pay you what you are worth.

There are two ways to look at this.

In my eleven years with my company, my job has "morphed" many times. I have absorbed many additional job duties (often when another employee leaves or when the department is reorganized) without a subsequent increase in pay. To me, that's part of the nature of business: to try to maximize the output of existing employees whenever possible. It helps make my job interesting because I get to do new things. It also shows you are a team player. You might wait for a while to see how the changes will impact your workload and then say something.

But if you are truly expected to do 100% of the other person's job forever (especially if the person was full-time), then I would definitely something. At my previous job, I did the work (temporarily) for another executive assistant for about 18 months as they tried to keep the job filled. It was very stressful because I had so much to do, and not enough time to do it.

Good luck.

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