How to Advance Your Career While Working Remotely

 

Advancing your career while working remotely can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Here’s how to climb the ladder while working from home.

The remote work movement has been steadily gaining traction since mid-2020. The age of technology has provided all the necessary tools to collaborate with team members, host virtual meetings, and submit work online. Now, many professionals are enjoying the level of freedom and work-life balance that working from home provides.

 

 

 

There are a number of benefits to working from a home office. Remote workers don’t have to commute, and usually have a far greater degree of flexibility when setting their schedules and tending to personal and family responsibilities. Many people are finding it easier to manage their stress levels at home, too.

This is extremely beneficial for their overall productivity if they can remain disciplined and focused in the face of homebased distractions.

However, despite these benefits, there are obvious challenges to the ‘new normal’ of working remotely. Many professionals are concerned that they may not be able to advance their careers as effectively in a remote work setting. Their managers and supervisors cannot witness first-hand how hard they are working, and whether they are eligible for promotions.

If you feel this way, you certainly aren’t alone. According to the Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, conducted from 12 to 21 February 2021, 41% of working Australians worked from home at least once a week in February—and many of them share the same concerns when it comes to advancing their
careers.

Thankfully, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that your career advancement goals remain on track, even when you are working from home.

5 Steps to Advance Your Career While Working Remotely

1. Maintain Productivity and Attention to Detail

It’s especially important to allow the quality of your work to speak for itself when you aren’t in the office with your supervisors and co-workers every day. If you can perform at a high level consistently, even when under pressure, your supervisors and team mates will still associate you with excellent work and
diligence.

2. Get Yourself Noticed

Getting your work noticed by your superiors is a good start. But you also need to get yourself noticed at the same time. If it is safe and viable to do so, making your presence known at your physical offices
once a month or more will allow you to connect more personally with your team. Try to make yourself available for important in-person meetings and participate in after-work activities if these are still hosted.

If commuting is not possible, there are always alternatives. Participating in virtual meetings using Skype or Zoom and using instant messaging software to interact with your peers during work hours are just some of the options.

Your presence will undoubtedly be appreciated, and it will also get noticed by managers who are on the lookout for staff who deserve promotion.

3. Stick to Traditional Office Hours

It’s no secret that working from home can be fraught with tempting distractions. It probably wasn’t possible for you to have hourly breaks, drive to the mall, watch a movie with your kids, or spend an hour or two meditating while you were working at the office. However, it’s possible to do all these things at home. Those temptations can quickly distract you from your projects during standard work hours.

Unfortunately, this can impact both your work performance and your reputation for reliability among your peers. For example, if one of your co-workers needs a document by 4pm and you don’t respond to them
until after 6pm, this can delay projects and cause interpersonal friction.

By the same token, if one of your managers wants to discuss a matter with you urgently, it will benefit your career advancement goals to be available to do so immediately. Maintaining office hours at home, even
when it is not technically mandatory, shows that you are a team player who prioritises the advancement of your employer.

4. Take on Additional Projects or Improve Your Skills

Volunteering for special projects that are managed online will enhance your reputation as a team player who is not afraid to take on extra responsibility. So long as it helps their team and furthers their business’s goals.

Doing so can enhance your visibility in your own department and in others. This will boost your chances of getting selected for career advancement opportunities.

If the opportunity for additional projects isn’t an option, consider further developing your skills. There are a vast number of reputable online courses that you can study remotely, and will greatly increase your chances for career enhancement.

5. Build Yourself an Online Presence

Working from home has likely awarded you with more free time to tend to your own personal and professional goals. You can take valuable steps towards advancing your career by building your expertise in your industry and creating a captivating online presence for yourself in a professional capacity.

Set up an online work portfolio or professional website and update your LinkedIn page. Join relevant groups in your industry and participate in forums and online discussions to establish yourself as a knowledgeable professional in your field. These steps will also assist you in networking with other people in your industry who may be able to point you in the direction of prime career opportunities
in the future.

You could consider starting a blog dedicated to your professional specialties and even pen guest posts for trade publications and the blogs of other professionals in your sector. The more you can broadcast yourself as an expert in the subject matter relating to your job, the more valuable you may make yourself to your current employer, and to future employers, too.

Keep Focusing on How To Get Ahead

Career advancement can be tricky during the remote work movement, but it certainly isn’t impossible. The key is to make your presence known to your team and your supervisors, to remain available to them during office hours, and to work diligently and consistently. Just as you would if you were working from your old office. You could also consider speaking to your supervisors about career advancement opportunities. Simply letting your managers know you are eager to advance could open up doors and position you as a prime candidate for future positions that come up.

 

 

 

Addisson Shaw is a passionate writer with a background in data science. Her writing focuses on the wonders of technology in marketing and business management.