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Change of reporting line and duties - what are my rights?

Change of reporting line and duties

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Recently my boss (ops Manager) who has a national role has left and his position has not been replaced and we have been told (informally) we are now reporting to the National GM. My role is a site specific manager role but I am now getting handed duties that my previous boss (ops Manager) was doing including some nationally focussed duties. What are my rights here? I am happy in my current role (and do a very good job) and I don't seek a higher position as I have young kids and know that I can't dedicate more time or energy yet. Can I refuse these requests to join meetings that my old boss used to attend and take on national projects? I'm feeling a bit confused and frustrated with this to be honest but want to know where I stand before rocking the boat and declaring my 'non availability'.

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By clive boorman
23rd Jun 2016 08:32

Hi there, it does sound frustrating but what I would do (as I always say), is have a general chat to whoever most appropriate to discuss your concerns. You might want to check your existing contract to see what it says about taking on new duties and to decide whether what you are now being asked to do falls within the spirit of your contract or not.
You say you are being asked to perform some 'nationally focussed duties' - what does this actually mean? More travel' applying skills above your pay grade? What is it about them that you think are different. Will it become a permanent requirement of your job now - if you don't know these answers, then it definitely needs discussing.
If you have a discussion; I would ask if this is an on-going expectation of you and if so you should clarify if it may be a change of contract situation. If it is you should have formal consultation. If that then fundamentally changes your job, you may have cause to challenge it if it unfairly disadvantages you.
The informal meeting just gives you a chance to understand the expectation of the company and for you to informally raise your concerns. If they either won't meet or your concerns aren't acknowledged or you don't get a satisfactory answer; then you should put your concerns in writing and ask for a formal response. It's all about communication with this type of situation but do it informally first. Politely asking to clarify your situation is n't rocking the boat as long as you deal with it in a calm and neutral way and keeping an open mind. Hope that helps.

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