- 3 months ago
- Wedding: June 2018
Reposting because I saw this got flagged or marked as spam for some reason.
Some brief background: I’ve been at my job for only 8 months in a role that was created for me based on my resume, so my job was new to the company as well and didn’t really have a job description. I took roughly a $1/hour pay cut, which equates to about $1,000 a year less than what I made at my last job. I love where I work, the people, the environment and have made really great professional relationships here and do truly seeing myself here for the long-haul. However, I will say my day-to-day is a little slow and my workload is pretty light. We’re a smaller, family owned company and in total make up about 300 employees give or take. About 50 or so of those employee make up where I work in “corporate” or just the office. There isn’t too many departments or layers and the hierarchy for my job basically goes CEO > HR > me. I work very closely with another department (recruiting). Closely meaning, I’m involved in regular weekly meetings with this department and talk to them usually on the daily whether it be work related or casual conversation. Overall, there is a really good working relationship between us and I know a high-level of what goes on in the department and within the roles there.
We had our regular weekly meeting this morning (my boss, aka HR also attends as she oversees recruiting too) and one recruiter mentions he feels very overloaded and doesn’t have enough hours in the day to get accomplished what he would like to. He specifically brought it up as, and I quote, “So I don’t know what your thoughts are on bringing in another recruiter but….” Other recruiters also concurred and agreed they were staying pretty busy as well and would benefit by having some of the load taken off their plates. My boss didn’t say anything in that moment they would absolutely look for more help but she did acknowledge the business and stress of the current workload and I could tell took his comment on getting more help seriously.
I almost immediately offered to help since my job overlaps so much with theirs and I truly enjoy working with this team, but I kept to myself.
Over lunch, I was thinking about asking to join the team and splitting some recruiting responsibilities with what I currently do, maybe have a split-role or something. I was texting my husband about it and no surprise, he was supportive and told me it wouldn’t hurt to talk to my boss. He was like why not? This would prove I want to be here long-term, I enjoy my job, it would show initiative, etc. While I don’t know the nitty gritty details of what the people in the department do, I know the roles are 100% trainable and I already have a good understanding of their procedures and whatnot. I also know I have the skills needed to perform very well in the role. I anticipate that the workload I would take over from the current recruiters would pair well with what I currently do and keep me busy pretty much daily, so I wouldn’t have as much time twiddling my thumbs as I do now and just that alone kind of excites me because trust me, there are days where I have nothing to do and it sucks trying to stay busy with mundane tasks.
This would be a very lateral move, which is common within the company. They are really good about giving first dibs on any lateral moves, promotions, role changes to people who already work here. I truly am up for the “challenge” and WANT to be busier at work so I’m not just watching the clock for when it’s time to go home.
Kind of just bouncing my idea off of other bees here. Would you consider taking an initiative and pursuing this opportunity? Should I or should I not talk to my boss? How could I bring it up to her in a very relaxed way? I was considering asking for a $2-3 and hour raise, but would settle for at least a $1 raise so I was back up to making what I made at my last job. I figured that would be fair if my workload would be increasing and I know my experience and skill set is worth at least the $1 more an hour raise. Is that too much to ask? Other benefits would be the same, I wouldn’t have any changes to my hours at all which is also great.
Thoughts on this bees? Anything else I should be considering before I approach my boss? Honestly, I’m not usually a go-getter type of person but something inside me is telling me to go for this and its exciting me.
ETA: I took the pay cut for a variety of reasons (it being 8 minutes from my house being a huge one) and I did plan to ask for a raise sometime soon, if not at my 1-year evaluation, but this just came up and gave me the idea to ask now and take on more.