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For those who can work from home (approximately 40% of the US workforce), we appreciate that working remotely offers the flexibility and the ability to better balance our work and personal responsibilities. Only a few of us are missing the daily commute. 

For many people of color, women, and caregivers, being in the office brought frequent reminders they weren’t part of the “in-group.” Gallup’s poll from September 2021 found that 90% of those currently working remotely want to maintain working remotely, at least part-time.

For decades, the traditional advice for career advancement has been to seek out face time with your leaders. This is much easier to do when you are running into them in the hallways or at the coffee machine. However, that advice is less relevant when you are working from home, and if you are lucky you are running into your pets or family in the hall. It helps to understand what leaders expect from their remote workers.

Jasmine Browley’s recent article on Essence.com cited research that said 92% of executives assume that employees who do not unmute or turn their cameras on are not engaged, not paying attention, and likely won’t have a long-term future with the company.

So, if you are working from home and are angling for a promotion, here are several tips that will help you promote yourself:

  1. Turn on your camera and unmute yourself (when appropriate) during meetings with senior leaders.
  2. Build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues across the organization.
  3. Use that extra time and energy you gained from not having a commute for your education and development.
  4. Ask for the opportunity to lead a project or take on a new task.
  5. Tell your boss you are interested in that promotion.

Working remotely does not have to be a hindrance to career advancement, and as we have learned throughout this pandemic, we are creative enough to make working remotely work for us.