I've just been given a fairly significant amount of new responsibilities. Should I ask for a raise?

Congratulations. Your hard work has paid off and the expertise you've displayed to team members has resulted in increased responsibilities and a big vote of confidence.

Congratulations. Your hard work has paid off and the expertise you've displayed to team members has resulted in increased responsibilities and a big vote of confidence. There are many factors, however, that go into determining if you should ask for a raise.

If your new responsibilities will mean more direct reports and add up to 35% more duties to your workday, then you should be rewarded. In order to calculate what percentage of your duties are new, make a list in the following categories or however many apply to you: management (maybe you're taking on more accounts and people), operations, client counsel, media relations, training, and new business.

When asking for an increase, state that you welcome the added duties and hope that the company will acknowledge your commitment to them by bringing your salary in line with your new position. If the company says you will have to wait until your annual review, have patience. It gives you the opportunity to master your new role and show how you can in fact meet and exceed expectations.

Cathleen Graham is SVP of HR and recruiting at Ruder Finn.

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