How ‘visible’ do you really feel at work right now, having potentially not seen your managers and colleagues in months, unless via virtual contact?
Whether you’ve continued to go into work or are now based remotely, the world of work has changed for us all and that’s posed challenges for many employees trying staying visible and noticed. Findings from over 16,000 respondents in the Hays Market Outlook report revealed that two in five (40%) say that communication is the aspect of their organisation that has undergone the most change since the coronavirus outbreak and, worryingly, over a third (34%) say the amount of contact they now have with their manager is less than before lockdown was enforced.
In an unrecognisable world of work and facing significant barriers to communication, what do you need to do to keep yourself ‘visible’ to your managers and colleagues – and therefore keep your career goals on track?
If you are now working remotely at least some of the time, you will need to actively keep in touch, even if at first it may feel like you are overcommunicating.
As the person you directly report into, your manager is your starting point to getting noticed more at work. Although they will already likely have oversight of your tasks and responsibilities, putting the below in place will give you more opportunities to get noticed for your achievements and successes:
While you’ll certainly want recognition from your manager, it’s likely that there’ll also be other people who you want to notice you at work.
Opportune moments for this often happen in meetings, which for many of us may be held virtually. It can be challenging to find your voice over a disjointed video stream or patchy audio quality – especially if you’re often one of the quieter voices in the room, or consider yourself to be quite introverted. But getting noticed in these situations is less about how much you say and more about what you say – so here are some things to consider before you next attend a meeting, virtual or otherwise:
Finally, think about how you can get yourself noticed within your wider network. If you are working remotely even some of the time, you have to be deliberate and dedicated about connecting with your colleagues, as there will be fewer opportunities for informal conversations in the office kitchen or the chance to network at industry events.
But the opportunities are there if you create them, so there’s no need to stop connecting with wider circles and putting yourself out there. Here are some ideas of how to keep expanding your network virtually:
Once you dip your toe in the water you may be surprised how many virtual opportunities there are around you.
If you’re struggling to get yourself noticed at work, it may be that all you need is some guidance and a helping hand. As experts in the world of work, a good recruitment consultant will be able to give you valuable, actionable career advice and perhaps open your mind to new opportunities which will allow your personality and skillset to shine.
For additional resources on topics including video interviews, looking after your wellbeing whilst working remotely or how to stay professionally productive whilst on furlough leave, visit our Inspire Me in the New Era of Work hub.
Roddy joined Hays in 1999 as a Recruitment Consultant. In 2012 he took over operational responsibility for Hays in Scotland, managing dedicated teams providing expert temporary and permanent recruitment services for a wide range of sectors and professions. From 2017, he has been the lead for Hays Personal & Executive Assistants business across the UK, providing strategic leadership to over 200 consultants.
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