The Right Way to Ask for More Responsibility at Work


At times, even a great job can get a little repetitive. Once you’ve mastered your responsibilities, you may start craving a new challenge. And, when that happens, you may start wondering how to approach your manager about adding something new to your plate.  

Asking for more responsibility may seem like an easy thing to do. However, if you don’t approach the situation the right way, you may not get the answer you want. If you want to increase your chances of getting additional responsibilities, here’s what you need to do.  

Nail Your Current Duties  

Before you ask for additional responsibilities, you need to make sure that your exceeding expectations currently. If any part of your performance is lackluster, the odds that your manager will give you more go down dramatically.  

Reflect on your work and the quality of your outputs. Consider your overall attitude and mindset. If you’re excelling in your role and your mood is consistently positive, then you’re in good shape. If not, then you may want to focus there before you request additional responsibilities.  

Take the Initiative  

If you want to lay a solid foundation for requesting more responsibilities, you need to show that you’re capable of handling more than what’s on your plate. One easy way to do that is to let your boss know that your work is on target and then ask if they need assistance with anything or if there is anything more you can do to help the team.  

With this approach, you’re requesting additional work without explicitly asking for more responsibilities. However, it plants a seed in your manager’s mind. Not only are you showcasing your willingness to be helpful, but also reinforcing the idea that you’re handling your duties well.  

Plus, as they give you tasks (and you complete them successfully), you’re showing that you are capable of taking on more. This can make it easier to secure a “yes” when you formally ask.  

Help Your Coworkers  

If a colleague requests your assistance and it’s within your capabilities, consider accepting. This shows that you’re a team player who’s focused on overall success, not just personal achievement.  

Additionally, it can help you craft a great reputation. You’ll become known as a go-to person for when someone needs support. Plus, you incidentally get to take on new challenges, and that can be rewarding.  

Make the Request  

Once you’ve shown initiative and offered your assistance widely, prepare to formally request more responsibilities. Schedule a meeting with your manager, and take a little time to gather evidence about your ability to handle more than your current duties require.  

By being able to showcase how you’re excelling while handling tasks outside of what’s usually on your plate, you make a stronger case. This increases your chances of your manager agreeing with you and officially expanding your role to include more responsibilities.  

Contact Us To Learn How We Can Help You

Ultimately, it can take a little time to get everything in order. But once you do, you’re poised for success. If you’d like to learn more, the skilled team at Bayside Solutions can help. Contact us today.