The idea of working from home, or at least telecommuting on occasion, is appealing to many professionals. It supports a greater work-life balance and can remove certain stressors, such as a long commute. But convincing a manager that you’ll thrive in a remote position isn’t always easy, especially if you haven’t had the opportunity to work remotely before. To help you craft a strong case, here are six ways to prove you’ll excel in a remote role.
At the foundation of remote work is technology. Regardless of your duties, you’ll need to complete your tasks and communicate with your teammates largely through tech resources. This means you may need to have a variety of solutions on your computer as well as sufficient bandwidth to support your work.
Request Clear Objectives
Even if you can easily reach out to your manager, having set performance standards will help ensure you are meeting and exceeding all expectations. Often, one of the largest concerns about allowing employees to work remotely is whether they will sufficiently contribute to the team. This often stems from the lack of direct supervision, but having clear objectives can help alleviate these issues as both you and the manager understand what you will be doing when you’re on company time.
Make Communication a Priority
Being separated from the proverbial hustle and bustle of the office can make it hard to stay connected with your team. This means you need to make communication a priority, through whatever means necessary.
Generally, the majority of your discussions will be online, usually through collaboration software solutions, that allow information and files to be easily shared. However, don’t relegate yourself to this platform alone, as phone calls and face-to-face meetings (whether in-person or over video conferencing software) help maintain a stronger connection.
By focusing on communication, you can keep your manager apprised of your efforts and ensure you don’t miss any critical changes that occur along the way.
Be Open to a Trial Period
Sometimes the easiest way to prove you are capable of being a productive remote employee is to show them. If your manager has doubts about the arrangement, or you're trying to convince a hiring manager that you have what it takes, consider proposing a trial period. This will give you a chance to clearly demonstrate your ability to stay on target when not in the office while providing the company some flexibility, should the arrangement not work out.
Create an Ideal Workspace
Another concern many managers have when assessing people for remote positions is whether they have a suitable environment in which to work. For example, the idea of an employee taking an important client call with a dog barking in the background or children asking for lunch isn’t very appealing and could hurt the company’s reputation. However, you can remove some of these concerns by showing you have a dedicated workspace that can be kept quiet. This could be as simple as a discussion about your home office and your plan for keeping distractions at bay.
Discuss the Benefits
While a remote position may benefit you in obvious ways, it also helps the employer. Companies often discover that telecommuters are more productive than their in-office peers and take fewer sick days. Additionally, it can lower their overhead costs.
Sometimes reminding them there is a lot to gain can help improve your case. Just make sure that, if you broach the subject, you do so professionally and come armed with facts.
If you are interested in a remote position, the professionals at The Armada Group can help you explore your options. Contact us to speak with one of our skilled recruiters today.