Telecommuting and other remote work arrangements have gone from workplace novelty to the new normal. Yet, just a few years ago a widely publicized study by the MIT Sloan Management Review journal claimed that remote workers were less likely to receive promotions, big raises or good performance reviews than those who work in the office.
There’s no doubt that remote workers face different challenges than their office-based counterparts. But, just like any employee, remote workers are ultimately responsible for their own career development. Dennis Collins, West’s Unified Communications Services Senior Director of Marketing recently sat down with Business News Daily to offer advice for remote workers when asking for a raise.
1. Understand How Your Team Communicates
“Work out your ‘rules of engagement’ with your boss and team,” Collins told Business News Daily. “What’s the best way to communicate? Phone calls? Texting? Instant messages? And how frequently?”
To avoid catching anyone by surprise when it comes time to ask for a raise, give your manager advanced notice that you’d like to carve out time for a discussion about the next stage of your career.
2. Prepare Your Case
Once your boss has given word that they are ready to have a conversation, prepare a case to demonstrate why you deserve to advance. Collins advises that you, “Remind your boss of what you’ve accomplished since your last raise or promotion, and how you plan to continue working efficiently and effectively.”
Collins also noted that remote workers should be having this conversation in a way that will be most effective with their bosses. For instance, setting up a video conference could help accommodate for the fact that you’re not having the conversation face to face.
3. Maintain Open Lines of Communication
Whether you end up with the promotion or not, it’s a good idea to continue proving that you’re an exemplary communicator. Make sure you regularly update your boss on your progress; you don’t want to always wait for him or her to check in on you first.
Whether your boss is down the hallway or across the country, try putting these tips to the test the next time you ask for a raise. What other tips have you found successful? Let us know in the comments.