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How to succeed in your remote role

Career advice

11 March 2022

Gone are the days where working from home was a privilege reserved for the senior, older and highly-experienced minority.

Covid-19 has changed the landscape of work globally, and in the UK specifically, the percentage of the workforce working remotely rose from 5.7% in February 2020 to 44% in June 2021 for those aged between 30-49. That’s a huge shift in working practices.

Research shows that remote working has been beneficial to wellbeing, productivity and work-life balance, and the accelerated technology use at work with software like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and even virtual reality platforms like KumoSpace have created cost-effective and efficient ways for teams to collaborate and bond across the world, changing the way organisations do business.

For some people, however, remote working has brought an inability to switch off: home-life and work-life can become less distinct as the home becomes a hybrid-office, and work may continue well past 5pm with no commute to signal the end of the working day. Extroverted people who derive motivation from social interaction in the office may be less productive and more isolated working at home, and research shows that gender equality in the workplace significantly regressed in the wake of Covid-19.

While some of these drawbacks will take time and a concerted effort to redresss, we’ve put together four key pieces of advice which will empower you to improve productivity, aid workplace progression and boost wellbeing in the home-office, allowing you to truly reap the benefits of your flexible role.

1 Routine is key

Maintaining a daily routine is vital to increased productivity and positive outcomes. It can be tempting to set your alarm five minutes before the working day starts when the commute involves walking across the hallway, or to work on the sofa, but getting up at a set time, working at a dedicated workspace with safe and comfortable equipment, and even doing a fake morning commute will set a clear distinction between leisure and work.

Enhanced productivity leads to greater achievements: keep a log of these daily or weekly achievements. It will make you feel good (dopamine hits, anyone?) and will be vital to supporting progression and promotion applications long-term in your remote or hybrid role. Get organising your routine!

2 Find a (virtual) mentor

Mentors are hugely beneficial for workplace development, and many people, particularly those at the start of their careers, are missing out on the informal mentorship from experienced colleagues that comes with entering the physical office post-school or university.

Finding a workplace mentor will support your development in a remote organisation, building confidence in communicating with senior colleagues, receiving progression support and gaining advice and solutions for work difficulties. Many organisations have formal mentoring schemes so why not enquire about being matched, but if not, there are ample external mentoring schemes to explore which facilitate virtual mentoring relationships. Happy matching!

3 Enrol on an apprenticeship or qualification programme

A key way to develop your role and prospects while working remotely is to invest in upskilling through a qualification or apprenticeship.

There are courses out there at every level across almost all industries: Impact Futures deliver over 100 nationally recognised qualifications which equip you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to exceed in your role or develop key competencies for a promotion, new role or career change. Talk to your employer about upskilling with us: it demonstrates enthusiasm, dedication and passion for development while at home.

Alternatively, apprenticeships allow you to work toward qualifications while learning on-the-job, meaning no time spent in the home-office is time wasted. Talk to your employer about enrolling on an apprenticeship to facilitate your development and gain a dedicated Development Tutor at Impact Futures to support you through to completion. Your employer can talk to us about funding today.

4 Keep up with colleagues virtually

Use the meeting software at your fingertips to keep up to date with colleagues and build relationships across your business. It may well be the difference between hearing about new opportunities and being left behind.

Why not book in regular catch-ups with your manager or colleague or wider team if these currently aren’t in place?

Subject: Coffee break. Location: MS Teams. Frequency: every Tuesday morning (30 mins)

The details don’t matter; what does matter is the effort made to stay in touch and be part of your organisation’s community. Linkedin is another powerful networking tool which will allow you to build a workplace community and your personal brand while working remotely. Make the most of technology in 2022 and get chatting!

We hope these tips have been helpful in boosting your productivity and prospects in your remote or hybrid role. For more articles like these, explore our LIFE Hub.

 

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