Inventing a promotion. Possible?
December 13, 2011 7:47 AM Subscribe
Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office.
posted by Buffaload to Work & Money (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Briefly -- there's a satellite office that's struggling and frustrating the silverbacks here at the main office. Satellite office has no manager. It's unclear what the gameplan is but for weeks I've heard remarks like, "What we going to DO about those guys?" and "I don't have time to do their jobs for them!"
To me, the answer is obvious -- send me down there once or twice a week to provide some guidance and continuity. Without boring you with the minutiae of my work, perhaps we can just stipulate it's clear to me what needs to be done.
The satellite office people aren't bad at their jobs, they're just getting mixed messages from the mothership. Currently I'm not a manager but I am in a responsible, creative position that requires a lot of independent judgment.
So this would involve inventing some kind of job/promotion for myself.
I am not sure I've ever successfully hatched a "big idea" with the boss, especially one that could benefit me personally (I would want at least a small raise, for example.)
What do I do? Keep my mouth shut and wait for them to think of a solution themselves? Write a proposal of some kind? Make it seem like it's their idea somehow? I'm lousy at this. If it's my idea, would I have to offer to do it at my current pay (for free??)
Any office-ninjitsu or straightforward advice appreciated.