Should I push for more? Or be grateful I made it out alive?
October 28,2020 at 3:31AM UTC
The title really says it all.
Recently my boss and two others in leadership were laid off. We were told the reduction in staff was to remove some layers of middle management, provide opportunities for upward career mobility, and to offer a clearer line of site at the VP level about the day-to-day tasks of the team. Of course, as I was delivered this news I was also told that I, along with 1 other colleague, would be taking on a significant amount of work left by these positions, including the responsibility of managing a new direct report, and all of her future direct reports.
I was not given a promotion in title, but was allotted a 2% raise.
I feel lucky to have escaped with my job in tact, especially as I have just returned from maternity leave after giving birth to my son this summer. Being a first time mom during Covid has presented its challenges and this job has previously been lenient in terms of work hours and supportive of parents balancing childcare and work duties. Basically, I don’t want to ruin a good thing.
My new boss is the defensive type and my concern is that if I ask for more $ she will feel that I’m ungrateful at the opportunity. And the memory of my new boss is long. Very, very long.
I understand that technically HR won’t tolerate any retribution but unfriendly work environments resulting from difficult conversations are difficult to prove.
At the root of this is my very real PTSD from the last reorg 3 years ago, where I was told I’d be absorbing someone else’s entire job function, in addition to my current workload. I responded with a well-reasoned 1-pager describing my value to the team and why a promotion to reflect my new scope of work was warranted. My old boss basically laughed in my face and told me to get lost. I still haven’t recovered from the humiliation. And I don’t know that my new boss would react any differently.
Do I have a case to ask for more money? Or a title change?
Any specifics about how to go about this (or not) would be really appreciated.
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