Starting a new job remotely
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Alisha Lord — No comments
Starting a new job remotely can be incredibly challenging, but if you prepare well, you’ll be off to a great start.
Before your first day: how to prepare
In the run-up to your first day it is important to be proactive. You should:
- Researching your new company. You may already know a fair amount about them from your interview prep, but it’s always best to be really informed and up to date. Use their website, social media, news, LinkedIn and, a Google search to dig deep.
- Perfecting your home working set-up: make sure your computer, video conferencing and WiFi connection are working properly and that you have a comfortable and quiet place to work. Also, make sure you are working with a tidy background behind you, ready for video conferencing
- Upskilling yourself by taking advantage of any free online learning that will help you in your new role.
- Becoming familiar with the collaboration and communication tools your new company uses - such as Slack, Microsoft Teams or Trello.
Your first week: what to find out
Your new employed may have an excellent onboarding process for remote working, but not every employer will have (remote working is new for a lot of people) So if you are in doubt about anything, do not be afraid to ask. You will no doubt have a line manager who will be your main point of contact and be able to help you. What to ask:
- Equipment: What equipment will you need at home? What kit will your employer provide and what do you need to provide?
- Policies and procedures: What do you need to know? Your line manager should give you access to all the usual policies and practices like health & safety, email and internet policies, codes of conduct and inclusion policies.
- Training and development: ask if there’s any training that you need to do. Some larger companies provide digital training to help you get to know them or special issues concerning their industry.
- People: Who do you need to know? Find out who you need to contact for IT problems or who you will be working with in your team or other departments.
Working with your line manager
Once you have settled into your role you can relax because you know what you're supposed to be doing! Your line manager can help you settle into your new role, by having regular discussions so you can:
- Understand what’s expected of you (and them) each day.
- Know what you’re working on and your weekly schedule of work.
- Update them on your progress, and any challenges that you’re facing. Regular chats mean that you can solve little issues before they become big problems.
- Agree achievable goals and suitable timeframes.
Remote working can make members of the team feel invisible and out of touch. You need to introduce yourself to your team, to make yourself known and established in the team. It takes initiative and courage, but you can do it! Chat with your line manager first, and see if they think it’s appropriate to:
- Send the team an email, introducing yourself. Tell them that you’re looking forward to working with them and would love to chat with them directly.
- Organising a series of one-to-one video chats with team members. Research them on LinkedIn first, for background. Remote working video chats are perfect to get to know other people’s homes - so if you see a pet or a child, it’s a perfect conversation starter.
- If you are invited to online social events like company quizzes - take part! It’s the best way to get to know your team.
- If a buddy scheme is offered - accept.
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. Good luck!! 😊