Should I ask my company to provide an additional allowance outside the salary?

Vietnam
September 21, 2011 10:33pm CST
The accountant of my company has just left. Because the company has not just had a new one to exchange her yet. So, I must do her works. My boss doesn't have anything to recruit a new people. Maybe I must work as an accountant for a long time. My boss leave works for me. But he didn't say about any additional allowance for me. Should I ask him about that? I know that I should help the company when the rainy time. However, if I must work more works for a long time, I should ask my profits. Right?
8 responses
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
6 May 12
Yes, I believe you have the right to ask for additional allowance or an increase in your wage because you did not sign up for that job. Don't hesitate to ask for that next time if it ever happens again..
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
27 Sep 11
It seems that if you are now in a new position you should ask for higher wages that go along with such a position. It is wise to ask your boss for a higher wage to go along with your new responsibilities but there may be the reality that your boss may not have the money to pay you the increased wage or may think that you are not as qualified to fill the position as the accountant was and so the boss may not want to pay you the ammount that she got... Such things do sometimes happen. Do ask for the higher wage but do so respectfully without demanding it. Be polite. Do tell your boss what you are doing over and above your job description and ask for fair compensation. Do not though be surprised if in these hard economic times the company does not have the money to afford to pay more... One does not know if the accountant left for that reason or not.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
23 Sep 11
If you have to do someone's work you should be compensated for it. After all if someone new were hired the company would have to pay them and maybe give them benefits. As long as you are doing the job, you are saving them money. I think you should ask for something.
@sswallace21 (1824)
• United States
22 Sep 11
Wow, Are you even qualified to be an accountant? That is not a job you can just slide into. It has a lot of responsibility. I know accountants, 4 years of schooling and then they need to take a national test and pass it to be an accountant. If you are qualified, you deserve to get hire pay. Best Wishes!
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
22 Sep 11
We are in the same situation now and before. Can you imagine before I am doing a 2 job position and other extra work for a salary of one? Usually the boss wouldn't mind giving you extra job. They will just tell it it will only be until they got a new employee for the position or because they need to squeeze the budget at the moment. That is the burden of employer, if you can talk to your boss, then talk to him/her about the additional salary. It's up to you if you accept the additional job without additional pay.
@sunli123 (540)
• China
22 Sep 11
Yes, we should do our work and protect our own profits. So go to see your boss to express your real feelings. Tell that you're willing to share the responsibilty but you have to do two jobs in this case, ask him to consider the allowance. But mind your attitude, don't be too aggressive. Good luck.
• United States
22 Sep 11
Yes I would do so as soon as you can as this way he does not get to comfortable with you doing the additional work for no extra pay. You do deserve additionally, however keep in mind that he may disagree. But be sure to point out and discuss to him as to why you are a valuable employee. Good luck and I hope you get the raise in pay.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
22 Sep 11
Exactly. They should compensate you for your extra work. They should not use their employees just for their benefit.