3 ways you can keep your career on track in a hybrid work environment:
Many of us are learning how to navigate hybrid work.
How many days should I be in person?
How do I maintain rapport/relationships?
How will I learn about new opportunities?
How can I make sure my career isn’t heading for dead end?
1/ Come in to the office consistently.
Whether it’s 1–4 days per week, do it the same way, if possible.
People notice your routine and you build rapport with whoever you see regularly.
Haphazard visits don’t build as much momentum.
2/ Be intentional with small talk.
It’s necessary to learn about other people’s lives (their favorite topic).
Schedule buffer time, in person or remote, for small talk.
Grab coffee or a snack with somebody and pick their brain about their job. Be curious!
3/ Find a mentor, officially or unofficially.
Asking somebody to mentor you sounds awkward.
Instead, just ask them if you can get them coffee.
Ask about their career path and how they got to where they are.
People usually love talking about themselves, especially if you are actually interested.
This leads to interesting questions and eventually to your career path.
If you don’t have one sketched out, do that as well.
TLDR: 3 ways to keep your career momentum in hybrid work.
- Establish an “in-office” pattern.
- Embrace small talk.
- Find a mentor.
If you are in a hybrid work situation and have things that are working for you, let me know!
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