Remote work is here to stay. At SUMUS, we predict that companies who have embraced remote work in some capacity will adopt a hybrid model. The hybrid model is in essence “the best of both worlds.” There are obvious pros (location independence, reduced overhead costs, and increased productivity from employees) and cons (isolation, lack of company culture, and a difficult work-life balance) of working from home. The hybrid model provides a counter-balance. For example, by having your employees come into the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but have them work remotely Monday, Wednesday, Friday, you can lease a smaller office space, your employees only have to commute twice per week, and the synergy that Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, speaks of remains alive and intact.
As discussed in our blog from last week, we believe there are intangibles you miss out on by solely working from home. If you work from home, here’s how to get ahead and advance your career….
- First and foremost, be excellent at your job. This is true whether you’re a remote worker or not. However, when you’re not in the office every day, it’s more important to let your work speak for itself. By consistently performing at a high level, the executives at the company along with your colleagues will start to associate your name with outstanding work.
- Stay visible & Stay Connected. It’s easy to blend in or disappear as a remote worker. You log on at 9:00 am, do what you have to do, and log off right at 5:00 pm. While your performance may speak for itself, if you’d like to get promoted or advance your career, you need to stay visible and connected with other employees and higher ups at the company. You won’t have (as many) moments for running into people at the coffee machine or in the break room, so you’ll need to make an extra effort to stay visible and connected.
- Document your Wins. When you are in the office, often when you produce good work or solve a significant problem, this becomes obvious and word spreads. This is significantly less likely to happen if you are working remotely. It’s up to you to document every win, so that you have the information on hand when you need it. This could be in meetings with your line manager, when applying for other jobs, or when justifying a suggested way forward in a team meeting.
- Get Networking. Networking is fundamental to career progression no matter how much you work. It is often not enough to be there, you need to make an impression, get remembered, and build genuine connections with the right people. Schedule lunches with colleagues and others in your organization. Utilize LinkedIn. Keep your profile up to date and engage with others on the platform.
- If there’s an opportunity to come into the office, take advantage of it. Your company may not require you to come into the office, but that does not mean you should not come in at all. Find reasons for your superiors and colleagues to see your face.
- Consider a co-working space. When we think of remote work, it’s often an image of a person in their home office or on their couch with their laptop. But that’s not necessarily the case. Co-working spaces can be a great alternative to – or even complement – working from home. The modern version of these spaces began in San Francisco in 2005, and co-working spaces can be found in almost every major city across the globe.