Hi! I have been working as an admin assistant for 3 years, but quite often I end up functioning as a transport allocator and working longer hours with no extra pay. I was hoping for a promotion or pay rise. However, our whole department has since been closed down permanently making the roles redundant. I have not been made redundant personally. Instead, I was reassigned to a different position with the promise of a pay rise.
I have no written confirmation that any of this will happen and I will need some training to be able to fulfil the new role. The person whose position I am taking is not leaving for some time, so the situation is awkward, and I am not quite sure what to do. Should I stay or go?
The situation you described sounds complicated, and I understand your frustration. But, just like any other problem, there is a solution. Working for at the same company for three years is quite a long time, and you should certainly be looking to advance your career. From what you are saying, you have been promised a pay rise and better working conditions, but there is no set date so anything could happen.
On top of all this, you are doing more work than you were hired to do which could make you feel undervalued as an employee. If that’s the case, it may be time to have a very frank discussion with your boss - if you haven’t already.
Having a discussion with your boss should help you see things clearer so that you gain a better understanding of the situation, your expected role in the organisation, what your boss needs you to do, and get better control of your career. Because you were promised a new job and pay rise, it might be a good idea to talk about your current and future plans.
Quitting your job without discussing things with your boss isn’t a good idea because you might regret it later on. If you enjoy working for your employer, it might be worth staying in the current position for a while. At least then you will know that you have tried your best.
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. If it helps, prepare some points of your own and discuss them with your boss. For example, since you need training in the new position, you could ask your boss if it’s possible to work alongside your coworker to familiarise yourself with the duties of the new role. You can also ask him/her when you should expect to start the new job so that you can get ready for it.
Asking for a confirmation in writing is also a good idea because this can give you a sense of security. If they refuse to give you written confirmation it’s a red flag and time to consider moving on.
Addressing these issues with your boss shows that you care about your job, career progression and that you are willing to work hard. So, before you walk into your boss’s office, make sure that you know what you are going to say. If you need help with dealing with your boss, here are a few resources to help you out:
- How to Ask for a Pay Raise and Get it
- How to Deal With a Boss With Unrealistic Expectations
- How to Manage Your Manager
- Salaries: The Complete Guide to Negotiating Your Worth
Since there is a high possibility that things won’t work out the way you want, you also have to be prepared to leave with style. If that happens, don't forget to ask for a reference letter. You never know when you might need one!
Good luck and let us know how it goes in the comments section below!