Now that most professionals are working from home, being remote should not be a disadvantage come promotion time. The questions arise, how can you hope to get promoted if you aren’t in the office? What’s the best way to make your manager notice you?
Here are 5 ways you can actively promote your career even when you work from home:
Check in frequently
If you have a regular cadence for checking in, make sure its frequent enough now that you are both remote. It is possible your manager may not know how to manage remotely and communicating and collaborating with a dispersed team is different than managing a team in one place.
If you want to stay top-of-mind, you’ll need to check in more frequently than before.
Report your results
With the current economic downturn, many companies are trying to reduce costs and so managers are questioning all their resources – including their employee count. It is important that your contributions are clear and well-known, hence reporting your results and progress will help remind your manager what you bring to the table.
Align with company priorities – which may have changed
Make sure your work aligns with company priorities and re-confirm with your manager what the priorities are because they may have changed.
Being flexible is critical during unpredictable and changing times. Your day-to-day responsibilities may look very different. By aligning where the urgent work is, you stay busy where the need is greatest.
Build your connections
Your current employer is only one place to promote your career. With the current market uncertainty, the most proactive plan should include options outside your current employer.
Prioritise connecting with your broader network outside your company, so that you hear what is available elsewhere.
The current climate poses an unpredictable time. If you are positive and upbeat, you can add value to your team and act as a stabilising force. It also enhances your executive presence since you exude confidence.
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By Anirudh Nair