In a couple of days I will be going to my boss's boss to ask for changes to my work. In the last ten years I have generally either freelanced or worked in government jobs where this is simply not done. How do you actually go about this kind of negotiation?
I've only been in this job about 1.5 months. I have mis-judged it somewhat and am not being challenged to the degree I thought I would be (actually, it's not remotely challenging and I'm very bored and feeling somewhat down about the whole thing). I tried to make it fairly clear at the interview stage that I was moving into this new industry solely to learn new skills, apparently I was not successful in making this understood.
I'm not asking for a raise, and I'm not asking to be moved from my core role. I'm asking for greater opportunities and support, which may mean some unusual PD for someone in a role like mine and perhaps some costs to my employer through that. It will almost certainly mean I end up doing more work. That's fine. I have a lot of experience in an industry not too distant that I believe could be useful in this one.
I'm nervous for a few reasons. Partly because I have to admit to a senior manager that I don't like my work. Partly also because I may leave if this conversation doesn't go well. And thirdly because I have to challenge the incorrect understanding that I'm in this town solely because my partner lives here and I should be happy to have any job. (See the previous question linked below.)
So how do you start a conversation like this?
How do you negotiate in a fashion that's constructive and doesn't alienate the other party?
What do you ask for, exactly?
The culture is that of large scale construction in Australia.
I don't know the manager I will be talking to very well.
The job is referenced in this question from a while ago. I took the job. Living here is challenging in some respects but I'm glad I moved. The job itself though is proving to be not at all what I expected and may cause me to move back in the other direction. As usual in life, I should have been worried about something different.