Working at small firm for 7 years. They created a new Staff Manager position to supervise and train the support staff in 1 office and other internal operation tasks. They promoted a paralegal into the position. They just asked me to take on the training across all offices because the Staff Manager is doing 50% paralegal work due to turnover. I told them if I were to take on a task of a manager, I should get a promotion and raise to do the task. They did not agree. What do you think?

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They did not agree because 1) I already train as a paralegal and 2) they see the staff manager and paralegal on the same level. I told them 1) I train 1-2 assistants that work with me and as we go along. But they are asking me to identity who needs training, what type of training is needed, coordinate the training and do the training for 30 support staff. The staff manager was to train 1 office with 15 staff only. 2) A paralegal was promoted to staff manager, so the position is a promotion from paralegal. Also, the description of the position was to supervise support, which includes paralegals. I declined to do the training without a promotion and raise but now I’m questioning if I made the right move.

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Even if they consider the jobs to be at the same level, you would be taking on more responsibilities within the firm which is why you deserve the raise. And good catch on them calling it a promotion but when they try to apply it to you they no longer call it that.

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It’s always a right move to ask for more money for more work or a promotion. You asked, they declined and you can see what they think of your worth, which is more work for the same/less pay.

The question now here is going to be if you should stay, or to leave really.

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Their offer was that I would move to a different team that has a lighter workload. Given that I have a smaller workload, I can pick up the training. But the decrease workload would not be enough (time wise) to make up for the huge job of training for the company. The COO mentioned that if I did the training, it would be put into consideration when my yearly raise is discussed.

I told them since training in this capacity is not my cup of tea anyways and since they don’t seem to want to promote me and give me a raise to do it, it’s a moot point. I told them to ask someone else who might not have an issue with doing it without any incentive.

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I think you made the right decision.

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I do think you made the right decision to ask for more money, the additional duties should come with an official promotion and raise. I understand you questioning your decision as well though, as this may have a negative effect on your job. Honestly, sometimes getting those additional duties under your belt and on your resume could actually benefit you more in the long run. You could do it for a certain period of time and then use the experience to move on to a new firm in a higher level position making a significant amount more than what they would likely give you for a promotion. Not saying you made the wrong move, but something to think about. Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

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Ok yeah definitely sounds like they thought you would do it without question. Good on you for standing up for yourself and not allowing them to take advantage!!

Would you have had creditable hours for your training in your new role?

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I don’t have billing a minimum at my job. They said that me taking on the training would be taken into consideration during my yearly review (and raise).

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