Above my pay grade
February 16, 2013 6:21 AM Subscribe
I will probably shortly be expected to take over the work of my immediate superior without receiving a bump in pay or title. Please help me negotiate for a promotion!
posted by neilb449 to Work & Money (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Background information: I work for a massive multi-national company which is generally very bureaucratic and slow moving (but I believe that when the right person wants something the rules can be bent and things moved along quickly). My department consists of around 50 people all divided into smaller teams dealing with a specific client or clients. I am the junior member of a team of three - the other two are one level above me. The work we do is quite bespoke and as different from the rest of the department as it's possible to be. Both my immediate manager and the manager of the department are currently involved in a big project and are often absent in body and/or mind. I'm generally not the best at being assertive.
The problem: One of the other members of my team is leaving in a month or so and it is expected that I will take over their responsibilities. I would like to do this as it will be more interesting and challenging work than I do at the moment. There's nothing terribly difficult about it so there are any number of other people in the department who could successfully do the job but because of the intricacies and peculiarities of the work I would be able to hit the ground running and the others wouldn't. There is someone else lined up to take over my current responsibilities.
It is only fair that if the work I do jumps up a grade my pay and title do so as well. However, this will possibly not be the case. If the company decides to advertise the position there are several others in the department who will apply and are more experienced/qualified than I am. If one of these others got the job they would simply be promoted and would continue to work in their team with me doing the work of my departing colleague. I have communicated my feelings clearly to my manager and the manager of the department both of whom have equivocated and given me absolutely no guarantees of anything other than that they desire and expect me to do the work.
So I'm looking for advice on how best to proceed. My initial thought is that I should just point-blank refuse to do any of the work without a promotion but that's not really the impression I want to give and it would cause massive problems for my remaining colleague. The other option is to do the job, kick ass and then request the promotion but once I'm already doing it the higher-ups will be able to just prevaricate and procrastinate for ever while the job still gets done.
What should I do? I really don't want to do one iota of work beyond my current grade without a promotion but if I try to play hard-ball and they call my bluff I'm screwed. I know that this is all evidence of a dysfunctional workplace and long-term I expect to move on but this is what I've got to work with right now.