When starting a position remotely, it can be challenging to learn the ropes and gain recognition from afar. Fortunately, professionals who are virtually onboarding can take several different approaches to ensure they make a good impression while still being physically isolated from their new team.
Like any good habit, standing out as a remote employee means finding a groove of communication and doing those practices consistently. This is different for every company and role; it involves a little extra investigation and experimentation to find what works. Which is why we crafted a list of ideas to help get you started.
As practices around remote work continue to develop, workers and employers should be introspective about the pros and cons of flexible working situations. Remote work can bring safety and greater flexibility that employees value highly, but it can also mean managers take a more hands-off approach with their teams. In this, some employees feel their hard work goes unnoticed, or is noticed less than when they worked in the office.
To combat this, managers and employees must develop “visibility strategies” that allow communication to flow in both directions. Neither managers nor employees should be entirely responsible for fueling this dynamic; the ideal situation is that it’s easy to ask questions, give feedback, or share accomplishments. In a recent survey on WFH, even though 96% of people said they believe remaining visible is key to career development, only 36% had a visibility strategy. Here’s 7 ways to build on your personal visibility strategy:
Finally, the most universal piece of advice we uncovered in our research was to consistently and openly connect with other people on your team. It can feel awkward or not as natural as in-person conversations, but the more you try, the easier it gets. Remember, others are in the same position of going about their day independently, while still needing social interaction and communication.
If you have other skills that aren’t being utilized, offer your help to others on your team or ask where you can fill another need that maybe was not in the original job description. Showing your flexible, eager, and available for communication on work related items and otherwise is the foundation of an effective visibility strategy. After all, “93% of managers had a favorable impression” of employees making an effort to stand out while working remotely.
Keep imposter syndrome at bay by following these steps to gain visibility at your new job. Prepare yourself mentally for a bit of struggle as you adapt to new systems and technologies, and remind yourself why you were offered this position in the first place. Growing pains don’t discriminate when it comes to virtual or in-person environments. We see this as an opportunity for candidates to show they are hungry and excited for what’s to come. If you’re looking for more resources on mastering remote work, visit our Ultimate Guide To Remote Work For Colorado Technologists resource.
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