What reasons might my employer have to decline my request for salary, and how can I refute these?
I have been with my employer for a little over a year. I am a designer, which is typically a salaried position. However, I was in need of a change and took this position even though it is hourly. At the time I was sold on the idea that I would get significant overtime, and thus hourly would be a benefit.
For the past year my role has increased significantly here, and I rarely work in my own department anymore, instead I work directly with senior management. I receive a lot of praise and have just completed my 1 year review, which was glowing.
Tasks take me far less time than other designers. I find myself having to "stretch" to 40 hours weekly, even when working on large projects. I've only received overtime 4 times in the past year that were over 45 hours. About half the year (during big projects) I get 2-3 hours overtime each week. The bottom line is, I'm doing excellent work (as per my review) and doing it quickly. But I am forced to fill my time with mundane tasks, or purposely slow myself in order to reach 40 hours weekly.
Additionally, I will be off on maternity leave for 12 weeks in April. My change in family status has caused me to re-evaluate my working situation. I am no longer satisfied wasting time at the office for the sake of 40 hours, when my work is already completed, and completed well. I'd like the freedom to leave during the day to appointments, etc, without worrying about making up those hours on the weekend. This is how I have worked for all other employers, and I've never found an issue completing my work well and on time while salaried.
My direct supervisor (that I rarely work with anymore because of the larger project I am on) suggested that I write out my case for becoming salary. To his knowledge, none of the designers, programmers, etc are salary. He believes this is reserved only for management. I happen to know that all of the sales people are also salary, so that does not appear to be the case. It is important to note we employ about 180 employees, and there is no official HR. Accounting covers HR duties. There is no official salary/hourly policy.
My main points in my case are:
- As my responsibilities grow, salary will be less expensive for the company.(Vs paying overtime)
- That after a year's consideration, I believe that salary is something I need to function at my best capacity. (It is demoralizing to receive 38 hours in a week because I completed my work quickly and was left waiting for elements from co-workers.)
- I will not be seeking a payraise to go with the Salary change.
- I do not use company benefits, so there is no increase in benefit cost in my becoming salaried.
- As I become more involved in high profile projects, travel and expenses become vastly more complicated and expensive as I am hourly. (They pay travel time by the hour).
- Finally, I would like to be paid for the excellent work I complete, rather than the hours I sit in front of my computer. (Leveraging my recent successes.)
Have I missed a valid reason my employer might have for declining my request? Are there any more reasons I can add to strengthen my case?
Edited to correct number of overtime hours worked in a year.