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What’s the best way to ask for more responsibility in the workplace when you need more of a challenge.

I’m a young man with a lot of ambition, always looking for the next step. #business #technology

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Karmvir’s Answer

Simple answer; Be good at what you're doing and ask your manager for more responsibility. If they feel you aren't ready... ask what you need to do in order to improve and check-in with them a few weeks later.
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Robert’s Answer

First, be sure that you are meeting all of the expectations of your current role and responsibilities. You can do this by directly asking your manager - "am I meeting all of the expectations that you have of me for this role?". Chances are they may provide you with some direction on where you should put effort into improving. Once you have done that, then consider ways that you can improve your own work or the work of others by increasing quality, decreasing cost, or providing better/faster service to the end customer.

When you demonstrate these things, it is likely that you will either find yourself a 'go to' person, who is tasked with more, and in time this can lead to promotions or the ability to apply for a higher position and be seriously considered for it based only on the reputation that you have created.

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Carol’s Answer

Hey there-
I would start by making sure you are caught up on all the work that is currently assigned to you. Then figure out what it is that you would like to broaden your horizons on, and come to your manager with a plan.
I think this will show that you are willing to learn new things and are motivated to get the job done.
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Kensleigh’s Answer

For starters, be sure that you are executing your current responsibilities to your maximum potential. Going above and beyond of what your manager asks you to do is a great way to show you are ready for a bigger challenge. Even if what you are currently assigned is not your passion, it is important to do it well and show your competencies.

Directly asking your manager for more responsibility is a good way to ensure they know you are interested in taking on more. It also allows your manager to provide you feedback and suggest ways to improve your current work that you may not have thought of. Even if your manager agrees that you are in need of a greater challenge, there may not be any projects they can give you right away. If this is the case, look for ways to improve your role/team. Are there processes that are outdated or could be automated? Come up with a proposed solution. Could roles be better documented for future employees? Document your own role by thinking about all the information you have learned since you started and how you might help someone speed up that process. Looking for ways to improve your team or your company outside of your explicit job role are great ways to show initiative and forward thinking.

Lastly, invest in yourself and your career growth. If you are in need of more of a challenge, do some industry research to discover top skills that you may be lacking. Then find a way to improve on those skills. There are many resources, like LinkedIn Learning, that can help you learn new skills or improve existing ones. Investing in yourself is a great use of your time and will allow you more mobility when you are ready to move to a new role.

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Melisa’s Answer

Hello Esteban,

What a great question and I think it is great you are so enthusiastic.

As others shared here, I agree. You need to first and foremost deliver on your expected responsibilities and build your brand as someone your team and leader can rely on before asking for additional work or projects.

I’ve worked in several organizations at my company, including Human Resources. Often the employees who are most successful and appreciated by their managers and peers are those employees who show up, honor their commitments and even go above and beyond to deliver great work.

I find it helpful to always think of my role as serving others and my community and helping to achieve our mission and goals together at work and in life. For me, faith, ethics and honoring commitments carries over into all areas of my life. Strive for this consistency life and others will come to know you for this.

Also find ways to connect with others through volunteer opportunities or cross-functional teams at work to help solve a solution or come up with new ideas. Working on teams that include people from outside your immediate department can help you learn more about the business or company you work for.

Once others see what you can do, you’ll likely begin to be tapped on the shoulder to take on more work or additional projects.

Best wishes for success in your future goals!

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Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Look for classes, online talks and free opportunities to learn more about ways you can improve on your work skills and speak up with your boss or teams.
Do you have a mentor? Look for a mentor in someone you look up to and feel can help you in your goals.
Ask others for feedback. Try asking several different people for advice on what they think are your strengths as well as what you can improve upon.
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Piyush’s Answer

You need to win the confidence of your Team leader & Manager by exceeding expectation at work. Once that trust level is built, you will be the goto guy for your management. That way you will get more responsibility at work and definitely challenging work. Don't wait for things to happen, make them happen.

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Shakira’s Answer

As was mentioned previously, before asking for more responsibility ensure you are exceling in your current responsibility. Being proactive and providing solutions to daily task that could be done more proficiently. Also, have a one on one talk with your supervisor letting them know your desire to do more in the company
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Deborah’s Answer

I think that showing your enthusiasm to take on more responsibility is definitely an attention getter. It's always good to grow and challenge yourself. But first, I think its very important to do some self-discovery. What I mean by that is, you first have to be confident that you have fulfilled all your current responsibilities in the job you have today. Is there anything that you could do better. Is there someone on the team, such as your manager or a peer that you could help you if you need improvement in a specific area.

Also, I really value being a team player. It's important to work as a team. Have you mastered this yet? Knowing and working within a team can be challenging. There are many personalities. Where do you fit in? Are you receptive to constructive criticism? Talk to your peers - talk to your manager. Find someone that could help you create a path that allows you to take on more responsibility and be a more productive employee. One that feels energized by the job they do every day.
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Meghana’s Answer

This is a great question! I'm a new associate at my job, and this is something I ask myself everyday. Not necessarily for more of a "challenge" but how can I help my team in such a fast paced environment such as consulting. First, of course, you want to make sure you are doing a good job at your current role before taking on more responsibility. The best way for a challenge is to first have conversations with various people on your team or at your firm. When you get the context from those conversations, then ask, "how can I make your job easier, what can I do to make this faster-- think about ways to automate tedious tasks on excel for example.

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Prerna’s Answer

Hi,

It's great to know your are so enthusiastic and will to take up more responsibility.

Here are few things you can keep in mind while you about it.

Always make sure your current delegated task is complete. Check with your team and management if you are doing your current job well. Most likely they'd always ask you to improve. So when the conversations seem like you are fulfilling everything and you just need to improve to better it quality wise, you can start to look out for more opportunity.

Never ignore your current deliverables when trying to find more and more to do. Often times you'll yourself find things you naturally gravitate to , discuss it with your boss and take it further from there.

Always keep an account of all the 'more responsibilities' or 'extra work' that you do to make sure you get recognised for it.

Good luck!

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Rebecca’s Answer

This is a great question!

Normally while working, if I see an opportunity for improvement, I just do it. I don't normally ask for more responsibility, I look for areas that we can improve, and then try to find ways to make it better. Once I have put my plan together and tested it, I will present to my leader/boss and potentially roll it out to the team if it's working.
Think about the most inefficient way you currently do business and ways that can potentially improve that process. Give it a try to fix.
If you're not comfortable with that... As a manager, I am always open to my team members trying to take on more responsibility (as this takes some of the workload off of me. The main thing is making sure you are handling your current workload before asking for more. I would be hesitant to give you more work if you can't manage your current workload.
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Melisa’s Answer

Hello Esteban,

What a great question and I think it is great you are so enthusiastic.

As others shared here, I agree. You need to first and foremost deliver on your expected responsibilities and build your brand as someone your team and leader can rely on before asking for additional work or projects.

I’ve worked in several organizations at my company, including Human Resources. Often the employees who are most successful and appreciated by their managers and peers are those employees who show up, honor their commitments and even go above and beyond to deliver great work.

I find it helpful to always think of my role as serving others and my community and helping to achieve our mission and goals together at work and in life. For me, faith, ethics and honoring commitments carries over into all areas of my life. Strive for this consistency life and others will come to know you for this.

Also find ways to connect with others through volunteer opportunities or cross-functional teams at work to help solve a solution or come up with new ideas. Working on teams that include people from outside your immediate department can help you learn more about the business or company you work for.

Once others see what you can do, you’ll likely begin to be tapped on the shoulder to take on more work or additional projects.

Best wishes for success in your future goals!

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Look for classes, online talks and free opportunities to learn more about ways you can improve on your work skills and speak up with your boss or teams.
Do you have a mentor? Look for a mentor in someone you look up to and feel can help you in your goals.
Ask others for feedback. Try asking several different people for advice on what they think are your strengths as well as what you can improve upon.
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Terence’s Answer

It may sound redundant or repetitive, but it's really all around consistency, meeting/exceeding your current expectations, and delivering on commitments. As a developing individual contributor (IC), you have day to day responsibilities that may be a mix of challenging and repetitive. That's the job you have, those are your responsibilities.

Showing that you can be reliable on those areas is the first step. Taking on more and improving on your areas for development are next, along with having open conversations with your manager/supervisor. Ask what areas you can contribute more in, what you can do to improve, and what areas the team needs more. Take that feedback and plan your next course of action.

There is one more major key IMO, that's a minor difference in attitude. I've had really high performers on my teams and 2 I'll single out for this example. Both came into our department at the same time, both excelled and accomplished a lot, took on more and more. The first one, kept asking "what else can I do?" as he rose to higher and higher roles. The second one, would ask "what do I get?" (ie - titles, promotions, etc.), and he did rise to new roles. The slight difference to me was the first team member was really being true to his own drive of wanting to contribute and develop. The second accomplished similar amounts, but it was clear it was a means to an end. As a leader in charge of both, I ultimately put my backing on the first team member above. Years later, they are both successful because of their base approaches to exceed expectations. One is in a higher, more impactful role and has a larger network of supporters and mentors, like myself. The other is successful as well, just more as a individual, which is totally ok. You can guess which one I'd hire for a top role on my team.

As a manager, I love to see someone asking to do more. I see how they deliver on their commitments and how they work within my expectations for the team (if your manager's expectations aren't clear, make sure to work to understand them). I give them more challenging things to see how they respond and take less challenging stuff off their plates. It's a process of building that trust, demonstrating your commitment, and being consistent about all of this.
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Jameel’s Answer

Hey Esteban,

You've asked a great question, however rather than asking your leaders for more responsibility, you show them you're ready for it.
Have a gut check with yourself to make sure you understand your current responsibilities. Gain clarity in what the added responsibility you seek entail. Evolve your performance and execution in that manner so your leaders are aware, that your skills can handle the added responsibilities.



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Mitchell’s Answer

Great question! The first step is definitely to ask. Throughout my career I've had management and leadership roles, where I was taught to know the jobs and responsibilities of those two levels below me and one level above. I've also had more team-centered roles and project management responsibilities, and to broaden my knowledge I learned roles and responsibilities of other team members. I've had very good leaders help in development by offering chances to manage and lead, and help keep me on course for success.

Know your roles and job responsibilities. Study and learn about advanced aspects of your job or related industry. Contribute meaningfully to discussions and projects (don't just watch and listen, though important). Come into work early and stay a little later when needed, if permissible in your work environment.

Most importantly, learn how to talk with people. Relationship building is essential at any level, whether it's peer-to-peer or management/leader-subordinate.

When and if you get the opportunity to take on more responsibility or you earn a promotion, be prepared to work harder and some longer hours.

Mitchell recommends the following next steps:

Are you current on all of your current job qualifications and any certifications?
Do you have a resume? Your resume should capture your quantifiable accomplishments and qualifications.
Is your digital profile clean? Scrub social media and blogs to make sure you are represented accurately.
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Josh’s Answer

I would suggest having a direct conversation with your manager. Explain to him/her that you have ambitions and would like to have greater responsibility. Responsibility is something that is earned, so I suggest you ask what steps you can put in place to earn your manager's trust.