Remote working for a new employer? Here’s your strategy for success.
Starting a new job remotely can be extra challenging, but if you prepare well and ask the right questions, you’ll be off to a great start.
Starting a new job remotely might not seem ideal and may present extra challenges, but if you can handle this, you can handle anything. Perhaps you’ve even wondered whether it was such a good idea to accept a new job, when the job market seems so uncertain.
Maybe it’s not as uncertain as you imagine. A recent joint study by the Adecco Group and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that one in five organisations said they intended to recruit more people during the current crisis. Changing jobs during a pandemic may not be as unusual as you think.
By accepting your new role, you’ve taken charge of your future. You’ve taken the initiative to further your career. You’ve impressed your new employer so much that they’ve offered you the job. That’s a clear demonstration of their commitment to you. Yes, you might feel a little nervous, but recognise your own achievement and you’ll go into your new role feeling more confident and positive.
In the run-up to your first day it’s important to be proactive. This means:
Your new employer might have an excellent remote onboarding process that covers everything you need to know. However, not every employer is super-organised (after all, remote working might be new to them too) so, when in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll no doubt have a line manager who will be your main point of contact and be able to help you. Some key issues to ask about are:
When you know what you’re supposed to be doing, you can relax into your role and get the job done. Your line manager will help you with this, so make sure that you have regular discussions so that you can:
Remote working can make even long-serving team members feel invisible and out of touch, and it’s even harder for new recruits to make themselves known and established in the team. It takes initiative and courage, but there are ways to establish yourself. Chat with your line manager first, and, if they think it’s appropriate, try:
Changing jobs while working remotely can be challenging, but with a lot of preparation, a little courage and bags of initiative, you’ll soon feel comfortable in your new role.