My boss quit about 9 months back, and he is not being replaced. Instead, I am taking on his jobs because I am the most senior among the team. Is it right for me to ask for a promotion or raise? - Seedly
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Asked on 18 Dec 2018

My boss quit about 9 months back, and he is not being replaced. Instead, I am taking on his jobs because I am the most senior among the team. Is it right for me to ask for a promotion or raise?

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Loh Tat Tian
Loh Tat Tian
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 18 Dec 2018

Let's go counter Intuitive.

Is it wrong for you to ask for promotion or a raise? Do hone your negotiation skill while also asking for the promotion and pay raise.

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Pascal S
Pascal S, MBA Graduate at Singapore Management University
Level 6. Master
Answered on 03 Mar 2020

Hi Anon,

Do go and ask.

There are 3 factors at play in my humble opinion,

  1. Will you be replacing your boss?

  2. Can you replace your boss?

  3. Is your team going to be downsized further?

Cheers,

Pascal

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Alvin Tan
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 15 Jan 2020

There is only one direct answer. Yes. it is right and also the smart thing to do.

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Wilson Nid A Break
Wilson Nid A Break
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 03 Dec 2019

Go get that bread!

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Zongzong
Zongzong
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 10 Jan 2019

YES! please fight for yourself in terms of raise and promotion!

I think in general, a lot of the newcomers in workplaces are apprehensive or shy to ask for things for themselves!

While you don't have to come across as entitled and demand it to happen right away, you can discuss this with the boss' boss or even the HR team on the right way to approach it.

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Daniel Ling
Daniel Ling
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 18 Dec 2018

Yes. It Also depends.

It is common to work above your station as well as take on more as a form of trial of whether you can handle it.

Also consider maybe your boss role is an extra

Promotion comes later.

If it has been 6 months and there's substantial efforts to take on the extra load, totally yes.

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