The global pandemic made a huge impact on how we live our daily lives. Clearly, companies started to tighten their belts, resulting in freezing their job hirings and letting go of some workers. Some companies were even forced to permanently shut down due to the impact of the pandemic to our economy. As we continue to fight the battle against COVID-19, people have been working from home in order to lessen the transmission of the virus and also, to revive the economy. No one really knows how long it will take for our country to successfully beat COVID-19.

As professionals continue to work from home, video conferences and meetings are now recognized as part of the “new normal”, therefore, making it harder to climb up the ladder, or show your boss that you are worthy of that promotion. As we all know, it is truly hard to ask for a promotion but it is important that you are able to read the company, your team, and your boss, with or without pandemic. Truth be told, this might not be the best time to ask for a promotion since COVID-19 brought so many negative effects to the economy. However, here are some tips you can follow in order to get a chance at that promotion you have been waiting for:

  1. Explore your career goals
    There is a possibility that working from home can create a barrier between growth and progress. In order to avoid this, you must be sure about which career path you want to take. Also, knowing what you want will help you make better decisions in the future.
  2. Build relationships
    Since you are working from home, you would want your presence to be felt by your team members and bosses. In order to build a good relationship with your team, you have to connect with them. As you reach out to your co-workers, it is also nice if you’re open to feedback and criticism for self-improvement.
  3. Learn new skills and take responsibility
    There are instances that the shift from office setting to work from home setting affects the quality of your work. For example, you might be more motivated to work in the office rather than to work from home. As a result of this behavioral change, employers might start to think that you are not capable of being promoted. To avoid such, try learning something new which you can apply to your career and then, take on new responsibilities and prove to them that you are willing to go the extra mile for the company and that you have what it takes to be promoted.
  4. Emphasize your contributions
    During a meeting with your bosses, don’t be hesitant to tell them your contributions in the company. If possible, present to them performance reviews in the last few years of your commitment to their company. Also, show them that you can take on the responsibility that comes with your pending promotion.

Always remember, as time passes by, you continue to grow. The choice to try and learn something new is all up to you, but as long as you are strong willed, determined, and hard working, nothing is impossible? your promotion might just be around the corner.