Strategies to Get Promoted When You Work From Home

Everyone dreams of the advantages of doing work from home: flexibility, time saving, however, sometimes it leads to a different reality when home workers get smaller raisers, fewer promotions, and lower performance reviews.

If you are more productive than your colleagues, you would expect to have a better chance of promotion, right? However, a new study shows that remote workers might be working at a disadvantage compared to their coworkers in the office.

Shutterstock _171682469
According to a research performed by Stanford University, people who worked from home reported 13% increase in productivity, but had a 50% lower chance of being promoted. Though the roughly 250 home- based workers in the study were considered to be happier overall, 50% eventually asked to return an office setting, citing loneliness and lack of career advancement.

However, even by working from home, there are stioll chances to get promoted if you only want to. Surely, you need to know some certain things in advance so that to achieve promotion easily and successfully. 

1. Tell your boss you want a promotion.

Shutterstock _218876035
Managers sometimes might assume that remote workers simply are not interested in being promoted- especially if advancing would require them to give up their flexibility. In fact, that is a sacrifice many employees might actually be happy to make in exchange for a better job and/ or salary. When you have a personal conversation with your boss, don't be shy about letting him know your goals and aspirations.

2. Find a balance between working at home and in the office

Remote working does not need to be an all- or- nothing concept. People need to find their ideal balance between working at home and at the office. There is no magic ratio that could work for everyone.

3. Schedule weekly check-ins with your boss or manager.

Shutterstock _118363657 

One of the reasons why remote employees struggle to get promoted, is that they are "out of sight and mind". It can be much trickier for a manager to know how remote employees are contributing, and if they are going the extra mile, when they are not in the office on a daily basis.
In order to solve this issue, it is recommended that telecommuting employees should schedule weekly check-ins with their bosses. They can be handled in person or also done remotely- what is most important is that they happen.

4. Communicate constantly and proactively not only with your boss but also with coworkers.

It doesn't mean being needy and sticking your nose in where it doesn't belong, but one advantage your on- site coworkers have is continual access and the ability to make small talk. Keep your profile high by contributing in meetings, volunteering for high- profile tasks, and interacting with your colleagues.

5. Show the initiative.

Shutterstock _184351490

Always show others that working from home does not automatically prove only automatically and boring working style. When you come up with new and creative ideas, do not be afraid and share them. Even though your colleagues do not support them, there might be somebody who can find it interesting.