Source | www.forbes.com | Caroline Castrillon
It can seem challenging to focus on career development while working remotely. Especially during COVID-19, when you might have the kids, pets and even extended family at home vying for your attention. Fortunately, working from home doesn’t need to hinder your professional growth. Rhiannon Staples, CMO of Hibob, the people management platform, shares five ways that employees can enhance their professional development during these challenging times.
Advocate for yourself
During this time, you may be thinking, out of sight, out of mind. Without in-person meetings, your achievements may not be as visible. Make sure the people that matter are aware of your current projects and accomplishments. In group meetings, share your team’s activities and how you have set and exceeded goals. You can also ask your manager for a performance review or an informal check-in. This approach allows you to get feedback in a structured setting and summarize what you have been working on.
Keep your network alive
While it can be difficult to maintain connections without happy hours and coffee catch-ups, it is crucial to continue building strong professional relationships. As the nature of work shifts, you may find yourself working with some colleagues more than others. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep an open dialogue with everyone. Set aside time to brainstorm ideas with other teams. Seek opportunities to give recognition to employees or co-workers who are doing great work.