Now while so many of us are feeling insecure, this episode is to help you find the areas in your professional life that you can leverage to gain more visibility and increase your own chances of a promotion. Not to mention strengthen the safety of your current position, so that you don’t become a redundancy victim of covid.
It’s easy to fall into the shadows during the pandemic. To have your efforts completely go unseen. For one there’s less contact and face to face interaction or meetings to get noticed indirectly.
It’s true ‘Out of Sight Out of Mind’ applies in our work life too.
WFH with the Kids
But with limited face to face contact, how do you keep visible, so that colleagues and decision-makers have an awareness, and can indirectly see you performing and adding value?
In this episode we explore 5 creative ways to boost your visbility during the pandemic even when working from home.
Even when you might have your kids running in everytime you get on an important teams call.
Because you can never truly predict when they might wander through in their nappy.
I remember this one meeting I had a major project status update I must have had 3 directors and a group of other stakeholders on a conference call. All eyes were directed at our department to deliver this critical project. And from the moment we’d launched the meeting my daughter screamed. And wailed the whole way through. It just happened to be nap time. my husband was wrestling with her to nap. And I wanted the call the end, the screaming to stop and I kept apologising.
It’s tempting in those situations to mute and sit back (fall into the shadows) and if I hadn’t been chairing, I might have done.
It didn’t end, One director said oh your poor daughter,…. but the truth is my husband was taking the brunt of the problem so that I could carry on.
And we know non of these challenges mean we do any less, that we’re any less conscious, committed or adding less. I like you delivered so much during this time and now.
In fact, if your company cut back last year, you might be bridging the gap or holding down 2 jobs. I know Developers also being Business Analysts since they’d been covid restructure victims.
Some BAs are doing twice the projects now their colleagues have been let go.
You might be a Head of Department working hands-on like me helping your team to deliver for the business.
Maybe you’re also running the double shift looking after the kids, without any grandparent backup.
Why does staying visible matter?
For all these reasons it can seem obvious that you should want to work on quietly behind the scenes without drawing too much attention.
Yet to protect the job we have from being a pandemic restructure victim and to secure our chances of a promotion you need to stay visible.
At the very least you must stay visible because:
- no one knows what you are doing or how it impacts on someone
- you miss opportunities because you don’t know what he next big initiatives are. We don’t know what we don’t know!
5 Ways to Stay Visible and Boost Promotion Opportunities
In this episode, I run through 5 practical things, summarised below, that you can do right now so that you don’t get forgotten you move out of the shadows and take the opportunity to develop your future leadership skills.
We’ve been tucked away so long many of us feel anxious about the board room meetings or video conference calls in our homes. This is also one way to stay resilient.
1. Schedule Regular Catch ups
Regular catchups with your manager is one way to make sure you can highlight the work you’ve been doing and keep them in them in the know.
It’s difficult for them to be an advocate in stakeholder meetings if they don’t know what’s going on.
Discuss progress and decisions made – keep them completely in the picture and there’s no doubt how valuable you are.
2. Be Physically Visible
Never underestimate the value of connection and presence of seeing your face via video calls. No one likes to talk to a large black icon with your initials. And it’s easy to appear disengaged when you aren’t speaking.
Even volunteering to screen share is one way to appear as a key participant in the meeting.
3. Help Solve Business Problems
Right now many businesses are facing challenges. Both internally, how to function in this new world and externally how to continue to trade.
Listen and help solve business problems. Your ideas and skillset might help other departments to function right now.
lt might be everyone jumping online and needing data – previously on a shared drive.
Think about project management tools like Trello or Asana, track it and visibility and data-driven performance management and how measure.
4. Take Part in Initiatives
Stay active and take part in company-wide initiatives. This servies two purposes, firstly to stay visble, but also to feel part of a wider community.
Whether it’s a COVID team, setting up new workspaces, a charity, office traditions or projects to enable company survival – ask how you can be a part of it.
5. Be the Light – Positive Progress
Right now everyone is standing still, this will be challenging especially if you are struggling.
Yet if you can talk positively about the future and progress then this will reap benefits for your colleagues and your opportunities for promotion.
I really hope that take the intentional effort to implement some of these strategies in your work right now.
Even if you’re not sure how to progress being part of the wider community at work will give you a sense of belonging and increase happiness as you communicate your way through the challenges – and let’s face it in IT we are used to problem-solving right.
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I would love to hear what you have implemented and has worked for you.
To your career success