Work Remotely and Still Get Noticed
One of the major downsides of working remotely is that when promotion time comes around, virtual workers are often forgotten, but that doesn’t have to be the case – you can work remotely and still get noticed. There are several ways that you can prove your value to the organization to ensure that those with influence and power notice you. Let’s first explore the advantages and disadvantages of working remotely to determine if it’s for you.
Advantages of Working Remotely
• Increased productivity as a result of fewer distractions, better concentration, and less traveling time.
• Increased control over working time and conditions.
• More flexibility in blending personal and professional life.
• Independence, self-sufficiency, and more autonomy over how you perform the work.
• Reduced travel expenses.
Disadvantages of Working Remotely
• Hinders career mobility.
• Greater need to be self-motivated.
• Feel less connection to the overall organization, its mission and vision
• Reduced social interaction can lead to feelings of social and professional isolation.
Maintaining Visibility When You Work Remotely
• Schedule regular check-ins with your boss so that you are always top-of-mind. Schedule monthly virtual coffee chats.
• Be visible: Instead of using the telephone for virtual meetings, use video conferencing and other video technologies where others can see you as a real person. Dress as you would if you were in the office.
• After you have successfully completed projects that are critical to the organization, write an email outlining what you have achieved and the impact on the organization’s bottom-line. Copy senior level executives on the email, which helps to demonstrate that you are valuable to the organization, and it also leaves a digital paper trail.
• For the times when you do have to visit the office, maximize face-to-face time by scheduling meetings throughout the day to forge and build relationships. Take time to have “water cooler” chats with team members and other colleagues to show an interest in what they are doing. Find out what “pet” projects senior level executives are working on, choose one, and offer to assist.
• Offer to plan the annual conference, annual picnic, publish the company’s newsletter, or to work on a critical project that’s without a sponsor – all tasks that can be done remotely with today’s technologies. Be virtually visible and helpful!
Out of sight doesn’t have to mean out of mind if you are a remote worker. Utilizing some of the tips offered will allow you to enjoy the benefits of working remotely, while still getting noticed.