COVID-19 has accelerated an endless number of transformative initiatives that are otherwise put on hold indefinitely. Among all, remote work was the one that witnessed the sharpest growth. In fact, numerous employers have turned remote work into a permanent perk and a competitive advantage to attract new talents. However, this also comes with its share of drawbacks. With fewer networking opportunities, employees find it difficult to project to the leadership that they are ready for the next level. They tend to be overlooked and isolated. This impacts employee productivity, the ability to manage peer-to-peer connections, and the spirit to pick up newer prospects. This initiative by Raisina Hill will help you unlock the ability to win in the virtual work world as well as make an impact on your peers and bosses in person using the fundamental concepts of.
👉Having the right mindset to win in the work world
👉Messaging and communication style to show we are ready for the next level
👉Be memorable enough and stand out
Be memorable enough and stand out
A memorable person is a genuine person. One is memorable when s/he shows these qualities–
1.Being Interested – Listen deeply to the leaders. Ask the right questions. Make the right impact.
2.Taking Ownership – Lead an initiative, however, small, or insignificant it may seem to you. Take ownership of your actions and decisions. Don’t pass on the blame. In fact, stay strong on your decisions even if you fail. It reflects that you are not deflecting accountability, and this is a very strong point for staying relevant and memorable.
3.Being Authentic – Be yourself. That is your only competitive advantage over others. Authenticity is the power that enables you to stay imprinted in the memories of people you interact with. Simple honesty is an incredibly rare virtue. Imagine being someone who’s committed to owning and sharing the truest version of themselves. Now, that is being memorable.
Tips for being memorable in virtual world
Writing a thought paper will ensure that people know who you are. In large organizations, there are many team members who are not known to the senior management. If you are not known, no one will consider you for additional responsibilities, or even promotion.
Additionally, writing a thought paper adds lot of value to the team and your organization. It puts you in spotlight and the organization starts recognizing you. With increased visibility, your accomplishments and wins shine. The senior management then feels confident to give you opportunities to lead and help achieve your career goals.
You are leading a firm initiative or working on a critical client project but you miss to give weekly updates to the relevant stakeholders. You believe that they are aware of the work you are doing which maybe partially true. However, when you provide weekly updates, clarity about purpose exists and the involved stakeholders are likely to handle the engagement satisfactorily.
Weekly updates not only help in delivering information to the stakeholders, it also enables problem solving, effective diagnosis, taking the right actions, implementing changes, and confronting pervasive issues. Weekly update will enhance your memorability and the chances of being considered for the next opportunity increases exponentially.
Victor Hugo, the celebrated French writer, once said, “Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” Firm initiatives are increasingly important in today’s workplace. Organizations want employees who can think on their feet and take action without wanting for someone to tell them to do. It brings out the flexibility and courage of the employee to handle surprise scenarios, participate in innovation, and overcome competition.
Employees who volunteer for firm initiatives impress senior management and cultivate an image of proactive doer. It also enhances one’s self-confidence. People who show initiative often do so by spotting and acting on opportunities that their colleagues or leaders have not noticed. They’re curious about their organization and how it works, and they keep their minds open to new ideas and new possibilities. Naturally they are memorable across the organization.
Having company messaging groups on communication platforms like WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram is a necessity of our times. It is important to leverage these informal communication spaces. Don’t be a passive observer, be a contributor.
Share interesting updates without violating the official code and being empathetic to all. Be more reachable and understanding, share your perspective without losing context. Handle contradictory situations gracefully. This will help a lot in developing an image beyond work.
Be Visible on Video Calls
We love our comfort zones. But the challenge lies in going beyond the comfort zone. Switch on the video mode in team meetings or 1:1 engagement.
Let people see you, feel your presence, and experience your expressions over the topics taken care in the discussions. Video calls not only bring people together but also enhance their presence.
Everyone wants to connect with an authentic individual. Be that person who is interested, takes ownership and is authentic. Remember – if you are not memorable, you are invisible.