Be Just as Effective When You Work Remotely

When you're telecommuting — and your colleagues aren't — the burden is on you to make things work. Here are three ways to prove you're a valuable team member, even if you're not in the office every day:

Understand the expectations. Should you match your colleagues' hours? Is it OK to take appointments during business hours without telling your manager? Actually ask those questions; don't just assume you know the answers.

Make the most of face-to-face time. When you are in the office, fill your calendar with meetings — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — to build relationships. Ask people about themselves and their work.

Be seen. Make yourself more than a disembodied voice on a telephone line. Improve your visibility by videoconferencing whenever possible. Even though you're at home, dress professionally and keep your desk clean.

Source:Today's Management Tip was adapted from the HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across.

Nick Kalikajaros 2017