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How to get ahead without a promotion
Can I reasonably take on these tasks with my current workload?
Don’t expect to be able to drop some current responsibilities to take on more of your preferred tasks, especially right away. It is more likely that you will need to take these tasks on as an addition to your primary responsibilities and be able to demonstrate that this extra work is not impacting your other work.
Is this task important to the business?
If it’s not, your manager may see this as a distraction from your primary role and be reluctant for you to take it on when there are more important tasks to attend to. You also risk looking like you’re out of step with the business’ priorities.
Is this task already a primary part of someone else’s role?
If the answer is yes, this can go two ways. Hopefully you will have the chance to learn from someone who is experienced and to see exactly how this function is performed within your business. Alternatively, you might be seen to be encroaching on someone else’s responsibility when you have your own work to do.
If you’ve answered all of these and still want to go ahead, here are our tips on approaching your manager and making a case:
Explain that increasing this aspect of your role will improve your engagement
Demonstrate that this won’t detract from your current responsibilities
Outline which skills this will help you grow and why they are important
Want to learn more about career progression? Click here to read our five tips to identify your next career opportunity or check out the Career Centre.
For employees eager to progress their career, but without many direct progression opportunities available, there are ways you can grow without a promotion:
- Identify what energises you at work
- Brainstorm how you can include more of those tasks in your everyday
- Build a business case that shows how it would work with your current responsibilities