Whether you’re lucky enough to work at a remote-first organization or stuck at home due to the latest Covid surge, it’s important to maintain business relationships when working from home.

After almost two years of upheaval, we are all used to pivoting strategies on a dime. But with more and more companies embracing hybrid work, it’s important to develop long-term strategies for maintaining visibility while working remotely.

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Even people who have been working remotely for the duration of the pandemic understand that Zoom calls can’t quite substitute for face-to-face time with your colleagues. The Wall Street Journal has put together some sage advice for hybrid and remote workers who want to boost their visibility  — and make sure their careers are on track.

We hope that these tips will help you feel confident at work!

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1. Be sure to sing your own praises

When you’re commuting into an office, even a few days a week, your colleagues can see you working and stop by to catch up.

But it can be harder to feel your work is visible to peers and highers-up when everyone is telecommuting. It’s important not to assume that the great work you’re doing will speak for itself, according to Minneapolis career coach Aimee Cohen.

Pay attention to how other people at your organization are communicating their big wins and minor setbacks. “What you need to ask yourself is, ‘What do they all have in common? And what do I need to have to get there?’”

At the very least, share your successes and failures with your manager and strategize about what should be communicated to highers-up and the rest of the team.

Just make sure that you’re advocating for yourself, rather than waiting for someone else to notice your efforts. “Do a really good job, and magically somebody is just going to notice? That is not how it works,” says Cohen.

2. Be actively present during video meetings — but don’t dominate the dialogue!

Unless you’re on a one-on-one video call, it’s hard to maintain a balance of communication.

Let’s face it, there’s always one person who seems to talk a lot more than everyone else. (And this advice counts double if it’s you!)

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“Zoom sometimes isn’t best. Don’t overcommunicate. Don’t dominate the Zoom call,” says Steve Cadigan, author of Workquake: Embracing the Aftershocks of Covid-19 to Create a Better Model of Working. “Listen.

And if you want to stand out, try to follow up [one-on-one] after your Zoom meeting with questions or ideas.”

3. Keep your team informed, but don’t bog them down with details

It’s important to check in regularly with your manager and the rest of your team about how your day is going. That being said, too much communication can be worse than nothing at all! “Nobody wants a five-page email every day or even every week,” says Alexandra Samuel, co-author of Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are.

“Send an email at the end of the day, to your boss, or the team, that says ‘I made good progress today.”

Be sure to keep your updates brief and to the point — and don’t forget to give credit to other team members where credit is due!

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Remote and hybrid work is growing faster than ever, so even if you plan to return to the office full time in the future it’s important to learn to manage your professional reputation remotely.

If you’re managing a team or sourcing corporate housing, it’s also crucial that your organization is ready to roll with the changes.

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