How to Convince Your Boss You Need More Resources

When your workload exceeds your job duties or stress levels, you need to speak up. However, that’s typically easier said than done. There are certain steps to follow when talking to your manager about your need for additional resources. Follow these rules how to convince your boss of your needs when you meet, and discuss the potential of bringing a new person onboard.

Be transparent

Many of the top marketing jobs include a range of daily assignments, from simple data input to outlining strategic initiatives. It can quickly become overwhelming. While you may think it’s obvious that your workload is unmanageable, your boss could have no idea. He or she either doesn’t know the extent of your to-do list or isn’t aware of all of the challenges that go in to each task. The key to explaining what’s on your plate is all in how you say it, according to The New York Times. Joanna Broussard, president of the BizMark Group, told the news source that if you approach your boss in a negative way, you’ll likely receive a similar response. It’s easy to be frank and say that you have too much work, but it’s not helpful. Instead, try listing out your week’s objectives and tying time stamps to each of them. Once your tasks are laid out as a schedule, your manager is more likely to see just how taxing your workload is. From there, suggesting an additional team member won’t be so extreme.

Discuss your job duties

Over time, your job duties may have become different from the ones you were originally hired to perform. For instance, maybe you were hired as a digital marketing analyst, but you’re now performing the duties of a digital marketing director. The recession was to blame a few years ago, but now it could just be due to companies’ growing need to adapt to ever-changing industries, author Al Coleman, Jr. told Forbes. Schedule a meeting with your boss to review how your duties may have changed and have a conversation about how it should be handled. At some point in the discussion, you can note that both your old and new responsibilities still need to be accomplished, and it could be beneficial to bring on another member to help you take care of them.

Identify key obstacles

When you’re trying to be productive, but you keep running into the same issues, make a note of it. Maybe it’s waiting on approvals or managing a tedious task that’s taking up your time and causing projects to run less smoothly. Whatever the issue, bring it up to your boss, and explain how another employee could help. The more he or she hears about the same issues happening repeatedly, the more open he or she will be to finding an added resource.

Outline a new hire’s possible responsibilities

Listing out four to five key tasks that a new employee could manage is a main step to convincing your boss to hire someone. If you’re clear about what a person could generate for the business, it helps validate the need for the cost associated with bringing on a team member.

An employer could also be hesitant to consider a new employee because the hiring process is lengthy and complicated. Seek out a staffing agency that specializes in your field to help cut out a few steps for your manager. Also note that, even though a full-time employee would be ideal, an intern would also be able to help with some tasks that are just too much for you. Some interns could work either for college credit or an hourly wage that fits within your department’s budget.

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