Hi All :
BLUF : How do we justify this increasing Responsibility Ladder in an environment with little career growth or compensation increase ? It seems unfair and abusive.
In the back of my mind, My father's Blue Collar Union background calls out against this idea of the Responsibility Ladder.
It feels unjust to me to me to continue to thrust additional delegations, responsibilities and decision making down to my Directs without adequate compensation or opportunities for advancement.
It feels to me that the Organization has given me my Title and compensation because of the duties and responsibilities that I have.
("Yep, that's why I get the big bucks.")
My Directs make very much less than I do. Often in the $20ks. When we get them, raises are usually around 3% and we didn't get one this year.
I don't see how I can justify giving my Directs delegations and decision making responsibility on par with my executive level without just compensation.
--- Yes I can understand that it can be done within their job Description and small sphere of responsibility.
But ... this Recent Guidance seems like it is pushing to go even further than that.
We also have job classifications that distinguish between - "Professional Librarian" and "Para-Professional/Assistants".
The Para-Professionals cannot simply be promoted into the higher classification - no matter how much work they do - or how well they do it
They would need to obtain several more years of schooling and a Master's Degree. And then there would need to be an opening.
Our jobs are not vocational schools, or internships, or some kind of Apprentice, Journeyman, Master Craftsman type of job. No matter how much on the job training I do for my directs, I cannot get them more than the standard little annual raise -- nor can I promote them into a "Professional" role.
Additionally, by continuously pushing down tasks and responsibilities from the "Professional" level we are at risk for watering down what it means to be "Professionals"
* How can I continue to justify my salary and the salaries of my fellow professionals if our jobs tasks and responsibilities can be just as easily done by employees at half our salary - and in many cases much more than half the salary ?
* It seems to me that doing this is at once denigrating my own profession while simultaneously abusing our lower paid staff by heaping upon them professional level work at clerical salaries.
M-T, and community, --- Please help me understand and come to peace with your guidance here.
Thanks for your perspective.