How to Position Yourself For a Promotion When You Work From Home

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By Vicki Salemi Comment

vision2If you work from home on a daily basis, this post’s for you.

Although you don’t have to deal with an arduous commute, you may be clocking more hours on the job than if you jaunted to the office each and every day.

A study cited in The New York Times revealed their employees who telecommuted were 13 percent more productive than their counterparts who worked in offices.

Get this — they were also half as likely to get promoted! In the study, 250 home-based employees were happier in general, at the end of the day 50 percent asked to return to an office due to loneliness. Plus, they felt a lack of career advancement at home.

According to a piece in Business Insider, there are a few strategies to implement if you’re content with working from home and want to simultaneously climb the ranks.

1. Tell your boss you want a promotion. Cali Williams Yost of workplace consulting firm, the Flex+Strategy Group, told the site managers may assume workers at home may not even want to be promoted. This particularly rings true of advancement requires them to work in the office. 

She advises:

“You want to then be very clear with your manager about your goals and expectations around promotion. Say up front, ‘I would still love to be considered for promotions, and I’m happy to revisit this particular flexibility if needed.'”

2. Schedule weekly check-ins with your boss. Make yourself more visible. Some managers may think of you as “out of sight, out of mind.” You may need to prove yourself and show how you’re going above and beyond your typical job responsibilities.

Williams Yost recommends getting on the calendar to speak with your boss on a weekly basis. The conversations can be done remotely or in person but just be sure they calls are consistent.

3. Find a balance between working in the office and at home. Keep in mind working remotely isn’t permanent and you can always find a balance between working at home and in the office. Maybe it makes sense to work at the office once or twice a week to put in face time.

She says it really depends on the person. “It’s really about your work-life fit, and that’s why we have to stop talking about this as some balance we’re trying to achieve.”

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