How to shine as you work remotely
Even with the hiatus from “business as usual”, it doesn’t have to mean your professional development or career is at a standstill. You can still let your employer know that when times get better, you are the natural choice for the next promotion or raise.
The tips below are provided by my favorite recruiting mentor, Greg Doersching, President, Next Level Exchange (Coaching).
Demonstrate to your employer that your “remote office” doesn’t mean a decrease in productivity:
This is a time when you have an opportunity as an employee to show your employer that you can step up to the plate in a big way. How you react during this time will speak volumes about what you are capable of bringing to the table now and in the future. Make sure you are communicating in the right way with your office during this time.
Here are some tips on how to impress your leader and coworkers:
- Embrace your new normal, and establish a routine that accommodates your new work environment.
- Send someone a work email before your standard start time.
- Pretend like you are going to the office – dress the same way, do your hair, etc.
- Choose a dedicated workspace – a place you don’t associate with leisure time.
- Log out of social media during work hours – schedule time in the evening to catch up on current events.
- If you don’t already have it set up, start Instant Messaging with coworkers so you can communicate little things quickly while feeling connected.
- Play music in the background while working that has a natural element to it that will boost your mood and focus (according to researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).
And a couple of my own tips from years of working out of a home office.
- Treat your new home office just as if you had gone into the office that day. Let your family know when you are working and can’t be interrupted for periods of time. The same goes for your friends, (it can take a little extra time for your friends to realize you are actually working when you work out of your home ?).
- Design an executive summary of how you are spending your new work time, i.e., accomplishments for the week, progress on key projects, bottlenecks you might need assistance with, and send this report to your supervisor every Friday at 8:00 a.m. Not only will they appreciate the report, but your consistency and dependability show your organization that even with a new normal you can be counted on to deliver results!
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