How to stand out while working from home

Employees can often be hesitant about working remotely, especially when they are interested in advancing their careers. Professionals have heard the phrase "out of sight, out of mind" and worry that their efforts from home will not have the same impact as if they were to take place in an office setting. 

Of course, this depends on your organization's work model. If all employees are working remotely, it is much easier to relax and let the quality of submitted work speak for your merits. But if the option to work from home is only offered to select employees or only on certain days of the week, then employees are more likely to be hesitant to take advantage of the option. 

This is unfortunate, as many workers find the quiet and comfort of home a more productive environment than a busy office. For remote operations to be successful, it is important to understand that despite your location, you are no less a part of the team than any of your in-office coworkers, and are still able to make significant contributions. 

Active communication is key to being a remote worker who does not escape the notice of leadership. Often, this means being more vocal about progress and scheduling than in-office counterparts. Have scheduled check-in times with management, and make sure that all parties are aware of days you plan to work from home so that they can plan accordingly. The Washington Post also suggests reaching out at least once a day to the people who work most closely with you, and using video-conferencing technologies whenever possible to put a personal spin on communications.

On Point Executive Center has more than 30 years combined experience in the virtual office industry and can help your organization coordinate effectively with its remote workers, no matter their experience or location. 

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