One of the best things about the digital age is being able to work from home. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t need an office and prefers to hunker down at your own desk and work without the distractions of coworkers, you’re living in a golden age. Unfortunately, telecommuting means less face time with your bosses, and no matter how great your work is, there’s a chance your contributions will be overlooked or lost in the shuffle.
Thankfully, career expert Jaimee Ratliff has penned a piece for Black Enterprises outlining 4 tips for staying “top of mind when you’re out of sight.” If you’re one of the millions of Americans who’ve opted to forgo the daily commute and work from home, scroll down to read Ratliff’s thoughtful advice.
1. Stay In Touch — When you work from home, communication is key. It’s not enough, Ratliff says, to wait for your boss to email or IM you and check on the progress of projects. The smart play is to beat him or her to the punch and keep them abreast of where things stand. “Provide quick updates via email throughout the day to let them know the status on timing for project completion or any challenges you are encountering,” she writes. “They will appreciate it.”
2. Speak Up In Phone Meetings — Often, companies that allow employees to work from home will schedule teleconferences, and these are your chance to make your voice heard. “If you have a great idea, throw it out there and get comfortable with being an integral member of the team even through the phone,” Ratliff writes.
3. Take on Extra Projects — What do you do when you’re working from home and you find yourself with downtime? You could start a load of laundry or unload the dishwasher, but Ratliff has a better idea: Ask around to see if anyone on your team needs a hand. You just might acquire some new skills.
4. Embrace Video — The telephone is one thing, but sometimes, nothing beats face-to-face conversation. Thanks to Skype, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime, it’s possible to actually see your coworkers without leaving the house. “Quick video meetings are perfect for end of the day wrap-ups and discussing the next day’s agenda,” Ratliff writes.