I manage a team of four directs. I was promoted from within the team 9 months ago, and until recently, I shared in some of their tasks, in addition to my management duties. I've gotten my team fully trained now (we'd had some turnover), and the four of them can handle the workload.
I want to ask my boss for more responsibility. She's mentioned before that she wants to assign more directs to my team, but other issues got in the way, so that's been delayed.
Do you have any recommendations on how to phrase my request? I'm concerned that my boss might think I'm not proactive enough, if I tell her I have a lot of free time. I also don't want to be seen as an unnecessary cost, since the department's main workload is being handled by my team. My time is currently spent tracking the team's metrics, addressing any roadblocks they come up against, within the company and without, and communicating with other departments concerning major system changes. I am also tasked with creating and presenting training sessions for the larger team on a quarterly basis. This doesn't take me 40 hours a week to accomplish.
Thank you for your advice.