Taking on new skills, extra duties, or a higher-paid job? Here are some things to consider

GSU staff reps regularly assist members who have been asked to learn a new skill or take on extra duties, responsibilities, or a higher-paid job.

“It’s great when your manager sees how valuable you are to the company and provides you with an opportunity to become an even more valuable employee,” said staff rep Steve Torgerson. “It can be a good experience if you go into it with your eyes open and clear expectations, so there are a number of considerations and questions that need to be answered before employees agree to take on extra duties.”

If you have been asked to take on new responsibilities, consider the following:

  • What training will you need to perform the new task? How long will you be performing these extra duties? Discuss expectations and come to an agreement with your manager about what will be taking place.
  • Some additional duties or added responsibilities may not be appropriate. Always review and work through your annual objectives or goal setting with your manager.
  • Can you do the extra work and still perform your job fully and effectively? Make sure you can always do your job to the best of your ability. Better to do your job at 100 percent than piling on extra duties and doing everything at 85 percent. 
  • Do the extra duties fall within the job description of your current job, or should you expect Temporary Performance of Higher Duty (TPHD) pay as set out in your collective agreement?

Whether extra goals are added to your expectations for the year or you are being asked to take on additional tasks or responsibilities, talk to your manager and have a written record of what is expected.

If you need assistance or have questions, contact your GSU staff representative.

GSU staff reps will answer your questions and offer advice so you can talk to your manager effectively. At your request, your staff rep can also assist by working with the company to ensure that your best interests are looked after. 

Your inquiry will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. GSU staff rep services are provided to you as part of your union dues and there is no additional charge for assisting you. Contact information for our staff reps is available here