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Dear Workforce How Can I Persuade Management To Approve More Part-Time Hours

My department has one full-time and one part-time employee managing benefits and payroll for a staff of more than 300 employees. I want to ask management to approve more hours for my part-time assistant. I’ve asked for additional hours each budget year, without success. How can I convince management that we need more than 60 man hours per week?
May 8, 2003
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Dear Stretched:
Your problem is very common in many organizations where HR/administration isviewed as overhead. Management, as we know, attempts to keep overhead as low aspossible. In addition, the HR/administration groups are usually staffed bycapable, hardworking employees who produce a great deal in very few hours. Theseemployees often go unnoticed or under-recognized.
Put together a detailed listing of all the daily/weekly/monthly duties thatyou and your part-time assistant are responsible for doing. If possible, try toquantify in dollars what the result would be to the organization if one of thesetasks was either not completed or was executed poorly. Use a separate list forduties or projects that could be or are not receiving attention due to lack ofstaff. Make sure that you can associate dollar values with these items as well.
Once you have finished the above projects, arrange for a meeting with yoursuperiors to present your case. Since their case for not adding staff seems torest on budgetary reasons, you'll need to quantify how adding staff willeither save the organization money and/or result in productivity gains throughimproved customer service.
SOURCE: Mike Sweeny, T. Williams ConsultingInc., Collegeville, Pennsylvania,Sept. 6, 2002.
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