Should I do it?

China
May 30, 2007 6:43am CST
MY boss asked me whether I could take over a kind of leading position and help him with some of his work as he is too busy to carry out all the things by himself. Some workmates said it meant the boss appreciates my ability and I should accept his invitation. But my wit tells me it only means more responsibility and more work and nothing more. Should I take the position?
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
30 May 07
Well I thing you need to discuss all the involments of that new position with your boss : hours, responsibilities, pay Will you have to work overtime? if yes will you be paid in consequence? Will you have to work week ends? will you have to bring work home? will you be paid for those hours? Then, think about what you aspire at? do you really want to have more responsibilities? do you feel at ease being a leader? will the stress level be too high? do you think the job is for you? Finally, if you accept the job and get a pay rise or maybe others advantages, have it written on a signed contract so he won't back up on his words later or if signing contracts is not very comon where you leave, have a co-worker with you to "witness" the conversation ... just in case your boss would not do what he promised you and ... CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ;-)
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• China
30 May 07
You're right there. Accepting the job means lot of overtime, lot of work at home, even at weekend, and great responsibility, but with just a small bonus which doesn't match the labor I will do at all. what I can benifit from the job is experience and the vanity of being recognized by my leader. lol. Anyway, I'll reconsider his invitation with your advice and perfect the whole matter.
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
30 May 07
Sometimes experience is a good thing especially if you can climb the ladder even further i would make a list of all the pros and cons and see if one outbalances the other ... don't forget family, stress but also pride of the position ..etc... just see where your priorities are and my best whishes please tell us what you decided ;-) oh and thank you very much for the best answer ;-)
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
30 May 07
I was just thinking , it seems you are saying the bonus is not high enough ofr the extra work but maybe you can discuss that with your boss and he might raise it a little ... who knows ... you won't know until you ask ...
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
30 May 07
Hello,easyzheng,i think it is better to follow the instructions of your boss,if he/she asks you to do so,it is better to reject him/her.Also ,you may have more experience in different position at your workplace,even you may not be paid more or you have to work more,you will definitely be more competitive,if your company is considering to promote someone,you may be a good choice at that time. Good luck
• China
30 May 07
easy888, you got the point there. What makes me hesitate is the fact that I might be able to obtain some experience from doing that work. Promotion is another matter which seems less possible and not to my interest. But I think it might help enhance my competition. The price is to bear greater burden and encounter personal conflicts with workmates. :) But maybe I should have a try before I withdraw. Thanks for encouraging.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
30 May 07
More responsibility, yes, but shouldn't that also include a pay rise. I guess you need to weigh up what your wife is saying, and if it's more work and nothing else, it depends on whether you are willing to do it for your boss. Also, does it mean longer hours, and more time away from your family? Have a good think and discuss it more with your boss to make sure you have all the facts, then talk it over with your wife. If all is in agreement, go for it!
• China
30 May 07
Thanks for your advice. you're right that I have to listen to what my family think about it.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
30 May 07
I have been in this postion before as well. I really didn't mind the extra responsibilities but the people working under me tried their best to just drive me crazy about it. I would say go for it if you feel it is the right thing for you to do. If not, kindly express to your boss as to why you cannot accept the new position. I hope they understand. Good luck either way it goes.