Should you say “Yes” when your manager asks you to take on more responsibilities?

A marketing manager I coach told me that her leadership team had asked her to jump in and help the VP of Product to manage some of the key deliverables from the product team.

She was already swamped, and this would be additional scope on top of everything she currently does as a marketing director.

She asked my opinion if she should take it. And she sounded tired.

“That’s completely up to you, but let’s analyze the pros and cons of increasing your job scope together,” I said.

The Pros and Cons of Expanding Your Scope

Benefits:

  • Broaden Your Skills and Expertise: Taking on new tasks helps you acquire new skills and knowledge, making you more valuable in the workplace.
  • Boost Your Career Prospects: Demonstrating initiative and a willingness to go above and beyond can open doors to future opportunities.
  • Increase Your Visibility and Impact: Taking on more responsibility makes you more visible to leadership and allows you to make a greater impact on the organization.

Drawbacks:

  • Burnout and Overwork: Taking on more work without additional resources can lead to burnout and decreased productivity.
  • Neglecting Existing Responsibilities: Spreading yourself too thin might compromise the quality of your current work.
  • Work-Life Balance Challenges: Additional responsibilities can impinge on your personal time and impact your overall well-being.

Here is what I told her:

  • Take this offer as a compliment. Your leadership has asked you to take on something that is not even in marketing. That means they trust that you have the ability to make a difference.
  • Explain Your Current Workload: Quantify your current work and show your manager how the additional tasks will impact your existing responsibilities.
  • Negotiate with them. Tell them you already work 50 hours a week. You’ll need more resources (especially resources) and a budget to help you.
  • You should explain that for this to be successful, the product team needs to pull its weight. If your product colleagues don’t do their share, you can’t be successful. Set the expectations upfront.
  • Request Additional Resources: If you agree to take on the new project, ask for the resources (including personnel) needed to manage the increased workload effectively.
  • Clarify Compensation and Benefits: Discuss the possibility of receiving additional compensation or benefits, such as flexible work hours or professional development opportunities, in exchange for taking on the extra work.
  • Having product experience, in addition to sales and marketing, can give you more options in your future career choices.

Remember, You Have a Choice

Saying “no” to additional responsibilities is an option. Explain your reasoning clearly and professionally, ensuring your manager understands your limitations and concerns.

I told her that family always comes firstand suggested she have a talk with her husband and kids about everything. They need to support her if she wants to take on this initiative, but it’s important to make big decisions like these together.

I also told her that, at the end of the day, she doesn’t need to accept. It’s okay to say NO and explain why she can’t do it at this time. Her leadership team should understand.

Here is what happened:

A couple of weeks later, during our coaching session, she told me that she decided to take on the initiative after talking to her team, her family, and the VP of product and leadership team.

She explained what she would and wouldn’t doand she also asked her direct team to take on some of her job responsibilities as a way to grow her successor.

She still works long hoursbut she feels comfortable taking on additional responsibilities because she knows exactly what she’s getting herself into.

Think it through, it’s always okay to say NO

If you are asked by your managers to take on more responsibilities, think through whether or not there are short-term and/or long-term benefits.

Will it help you grow your skill set? Will it help you to get your dream job in the future?

It’s okay to say no to your management. If you decline the offer, thank them for thinking of you. Then, explain clearly why you can’t take on the initiative at this time.

The Bottom Line: Make an Informed Decision

Carefully weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks before accepting or declining additional work without a salary increase.

Consider your career goals, personal life, and overall well-being when making your decision.

If you still need help, reach out to me anytime; I’d love to help you with your personal marketing development and business growth planning.

 

What can Pam Didner do for you?

Being in the corporate world for 20+ years and having held various positions from accounting and supply chain management, and marketing to sales enablement, she knows how corporations work. She can make you and your team a rock star by identifying areas to shine and do better. She does that through private coaching, keynote speaking, workshop training, and hands-on consulting. Contact her or find her on LinkedIn and Twitter. A quick note: Check out her new 90-Day Revenue Reboot, if you are struggling with marketing.