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How to Ask for and Get More Responsibility at Work

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

You work hard and feel ready to take on additional responsibility. That way, you can show your company exactly what you can accomplish — and position yourself to climb the corporate ladder, faster than ever before.

Requesting additional responsibility at work is sometimes difficult. However, with the right approach, you can ask for and get more responsibility.

Let's look at five tips to help you request and receive additional responsibility at work.

1. Assess Your Job Performance

Evaluate your current job role and your ability to complete day-to-day tasks. Ultimately, you'll want to do your best to fulfill your everyday job responsibilities — if you fail to do so, you are not yet ready to take on additional responsibility. On the other hand, if you consistently meet or exceed your everyday goals, you are ready to ask for more responsibility.

2. Identify Your Company's Needs

Examine your company's everyday needs, along with your skills and education. Identify any weak points in your business — and how you can help your company transform any weaknesses into strengths. Then, craft a strategy that outlines how you can help your company address various weaknesses.

3. Meet with Your Manager

Discuss your desire to take on additional responsibility at work with your manager. Schedule a face-to-face meeting with your manager and make a list of bullet points that describe what you want to say before the meeting. Next, make your case for more responsibility to your manager, and listen to what your manager has to say.

4. Stay Positive

There is no guarantee that your manager will agree to provide you with more responsibility at work right away. Give your manager time to consider your request and accept your manager's decision. Regardless of what happens, continue to work diligently and try to maintain a positive outlook.

5. Provide Regular Updates

If your manager provides you with more responsibility at work, offer regular updates as you tackle new tasks. Be honest with your manager, and if you feel overwhelmed, let your manager know. Conversely, if you feel like the additional responsibility is on par with what you want, tell your manager. And if you feel ready for even more responsibility, schedule a follow-up meeting with your manager.

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