The Benefits of Taking on More Responsibility at Work and How to Expand Your Professional Role

Your work life could take you places.

If you’ve ever felt less-than-busy, bored, or even like you were performing endless mundane tasks at your job, you are not alone.

Sometimes the lack of intensity can feel like a welcome break, but if it’s an ongoing situation, underutilization can have several negative effects. You could lose focus or purpose in your role. If you are not happy, it might start to affect your team or your work output.

But if you feel like you’re headed in a non-challenging direction and aren’t sure that’s where you want to walk anymore, there are steps you can take to change that. Actions you can take right now in your current role – not an opportunity you have to wait for or try to find. You can go out of your way to take on more responsibility at work.

Looking at your existing role and shaping it into something more can have many ripple effects that will benefit your career. Adding responsibilities can build your future in the direction you want it to go!

More Advancement Opportunity

Seeking out additional responsibilities in your job can help you stand out as your company may be considering internal hires for promotions or building out a team.

Managers look for team members who are flexible, willing to step into necessary leadership spaces, and take initiative to learn more and contribute increased value to the business.

Taking on more responsibility can demonstrate your willingness to do what will help the company succeed, as well as show you’re able to grow your skills. Intentionally growing your skills in leadership can make you a key consideration for future promotions, raises, and opportunities at work. 

In fact, that’s part of our mission at Wisconsin Lutheran College – preparing students for a life of leadership. 

Improved Relations With Your Team

If you’ve ever had anyone volunteer to help you keep up at work during a busy season, you know that can go a long way to build strong relationships with your colleagues.

Expanding your responsibilities by seeking ways you can offload tasks from overburdened coworkers can boost team morale. When working together and feeling supported, this can continue to grow your reputation and help you be respected in the workplace. Over time, this will help your name continue to rise to the top when new opportunities develop.

Helping fellow staff members can also help your team be seen as contributing more to the shared goals of the company. Your collaboration and approach can help bring the whole group into high esteem.

More Highlights for Your Resume

You know what looks great on a resume? Additional projects and the results you brought to the table.

As you stretch into more responsibilities in the workplace, you will find yourself having to hone your skills as well as build up new ones. Doing so gives you more lines to add to your resume. It’s important to note on your resume how you took initiative to gather those responsibilities, document quantifiable results, and outline leadership roles you managed.

Those factors will all be key discussion points in future job interviews, whether for internal promotions at your place of employment or for opportunities to grow your career elsewhere. Team members who can take initiative, expand into areas that will help their team and the company, and learn new things are attractive to any hiring manager. Career growth and opportunities are regularly found by graduates of Wisconsin Lutheran College’s alumni. 

Larger Professional Network

Relationships are often the name of the game when it comes to finding new opportunities.

The more you lean into additional workload and managing at your job, the more people you are likely to come into contact with – inside and outside the business. You may find yourself connecting with vendors, coworkers from teams you had not previously interacted with, or even senior leaders as you work to complete action items.

Sometimes you don’t even realize all the professional connections you’re making until you start to see the effects of it. You may see jobs posted you wouldn’t have otherwise or know a hiring manager you wouldn’t have known before. The larger your network, the higher the chances of you being exposed to opportunities.

How to Take on More Responsibility

Growing your role and skillsets in your career happens intentionally.

Managers often assign additional job responsibilities based on the skills you’ve demonstrated in the past, what experience you are bringing to the table, and any soft skills you have. If you’re known to be a quality team player, a good listener, and have consistent follow through, you’re more likely to be considered for expansions in your role.

You don’t only have to hope that a manager notices you are a valuable asset and looks to advance your career. Follow these steps to be direct and lead to taking on more responsibility at work.

Talk With Your Manager

“Taking initiative” is probably listed on just about every job description in existence. You can demonstrate initiative loud and clear by having a conversation with your manager about how you’d like to be stretched, learn new things, and take on additional job expectations.

You will be able to explore in that conversation what areas you’d like to grow in, what interests you have, or what skills might be parallel to your existing qualifications. Through this discussion, you can begin to lay the groundwork for the next steps in your career with definitive interests and direction.

A valuable manager cares about their team members and will often mentor and provide opportunities for their employees to excel. Once you have the conversation, they’re likely to keep an eye out for ways in which they can support you in your endeavors.

Focus on Relationship Building

Building strong connections with coworkers throughout your company can raise your profile. In particular, interacting with managers, director level, and senior leaders of the organization can lead to many more doors opening for you.

It really can’t be overstated how much impact being a positive, hard worker with integrity can affect the trajectory of your career path. If you are working to strengthen relationships, taking on more work, stepping out of your comfort zone, and remaining pleasant and known for results along the way – you’re likely to be top-of-mind as the organization grows and shifts. People will know you’re a direct contributor to workplace morale and productivity.

Relationship building is also a feature students find when they interact with their peers here at Wisconsin Lutheran College and build an even broader network of connections there. 

Improve your Qualifications

You don’t have to learn everything just by trial and error. Those seeking further leadership development often seek out education such as completing their bachelor’s degree or earning a master’s. 

Through our Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management & Leadership, you can learn strong business-minded skills in building consensus, vision casting, and empowering team members. Within this degree, you can increase your solution-building expertise and learn how to motivate others toward the organization and team goals.

Find Opportunities to Volunteer

The little things often start to add up and make a big difference. If you’re hearing of needs at your job, even if they’re small tasks, you can volunteer for them. Over time, you will become known for your initiative. People may begin to seek you out when they need help with a project or support. You will naturally start to gain new skills and strengthen relationships by volunteering.

Expanding Your Role Can Lead to the Future You Want

Seeking to build relationships, volunteering for needs at work, talking with your manager, and pursuing new qualifications can all help you build the career you want. Taking these steps can lead to more opportunities, a stronger resume, and more networking connections to help you advance. 

Investing in the affordable education and academic excellence at Wisconsin Lutheran College can be a pivotal factor in stepping into the type of role you want for your career. The expansion of your knowledge, paired with seeking additional opportunities at work, could change everything. Check out our programs today


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