Q & A Session – Should I do a Desk Audit?


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I have been assigned additional duties and am doing the responsibilities of 1.5 employees. I have proved my case statistically, comparing my workload to same positions. Is it worthwhile to have a desk audit to ask for additional staff or to be compensated for the additional workload?


Desk audits carry risks. They tend to be conservative and cognizant of upward grade creep that has occurred in many agencies. While a desk audit could result in a higher grade level, it can also result in a lower one. Beware what you ask for!

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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