Advancing in your career is always a plus, and being given added responsibility is a sure sign you’re on the right track. But have you been given more responsibility at work but no compensation? It’s normal to question your job role if you are being paid the same amount for twice the work. So, what is a productive way to counter the situation?
How do you approach your new responsibilities with no promise of a pay rise?
According to SEEK, almost 9 in 10 people said they have been asked to take on more responsibility in their career, without getting a pay rise. Chances are if you’re reading this, you can relate.
Here are some strategies for making the most of the increased work load and no pay rise situation.
1. Look for the benefits in the added responsibility
Yes, it is frustrating having to work harder for the same amount of money but what is the silver lining?
How will the additional jobs progress your career and help the company you work for? Could you use these new skills to advance your career in another company or build an argument for a pay rise with your next work appraisal?
If you can demonstrate a capability of taking on new tasks successfully, you should be able to negotiate a pay rise in the near future. Actions speak louder than words and if you can prove your flexibility and additional worth, a pay rise is far easier than arranging a replacement.
2. Can you book a meeting to ask for career learning opportunities?
There are other benefits you could negotiate that don’t just involve a pay rise. Would your employer be open to upskilling you? It is a great time to request additional education to support your career development. This will help to beef up your resume for future opportunities. Upskilling will also make you more valuable to your company.
3. Negotiate other benefits such as additional leave or flexible working hours
What are the other incentives available to you that can make your job more appealing? Do you have kids and find it easier to work from home? Do you want longer leave so that you can take a break every once and a while from the added responsibility. A pay rise is great, but if your work is not in a position to give it to you, what are your options?
At the end of the day an invaluable employee will be awarded a pay rise. Sometimes it just takes a short period of time to demonstrate your capability of accepting and flourishing with added responsibility. Whenever you encounter a situation like this within your workplace, take a moment to digest it, and strategize an appropriate response. Never respond out of emotion as you won’t be able to take it back. Look for the opportunity in change and move forward.