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Starting a new job when your team is working from home

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In today's world of work, many professionals find themselves in the position of handing in their notice and starting a new job while working remotely.

To help you navigate this process and settle into a new remote team, we share the following advice.

Should I even accept a job offer now?

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It's understandable that jobseekers are questioning if they should start a new job right now when everyone is working from home.

But rest assured, many employers have business continuity plans in place to allow work to continue as normal, or at least as close to normal as possible.

Remember, an employer chose to hire you and will work as hard as possible to ensure you remain committed to starting your new job with them.

It may help to reflect on what motivated you to leave your current job in the first place. For instance, perhaps you wanted better pay, more training opportunities or greater benefits. These issues won't go away after the current period of isolation ends, so don't miss out on this opportunity to take the next step in your career.

Make the most of your notice period

Once you've accepted your new job, use your notice period to prepare your home working environment so you can hit the ground running.

Start by becoming familiar with video conferences and make sure you understand how common teamworking apps work.

Designate a specific workspace at home that is comfortable, distraction-free and large enough for your needs.

Then make sure you keep in contact. While you may not be able to meet face-to-face before you start your new role, you can keep in touch with your new boss throughout your notice period.

How to start your new job remotely

Working remotely may not be the way you intended to begin your new job, but you can still get the best possible start.

While you won't have to think about the commute on your first day, you may face challenges when it comes to connecting to technology.

If you've been provided with login details, give yourself plenty of time to test them and get setup early on your first day so you make a good impression.

Ask your manager what is expected from you in your first few days and how best to update them on your progress. It is more difficult to be visible when you're not working in the same space as your manager, so be proactive and check in regularly. If you have any questions or issues it is best to raise these sooner rather than later.

As with any new job, you'll want to start getting to know your colleagues from day one. Grab any opportunities available to have video calls with team members. You can also connect with them on LinkedIn.

Stay on top of your game

It's important to look after your health and wellbeing during lengthy periods working from home. Try to get up from your chair and move around once every hour.

Go for a walk around the block or do some gentle exercise in your lounge room during your lunch break. Eat well and stay hydrated.

Use communication and collaboration tools to keep in touch with your new colleagues regularly and avoid feeling isolated or disconnected. Log off at the end of the day to maintain your work-life balance.

Look to the future

Once the current situation passes and the recovery commences, you will have your first day in the office and meet your new colleagues face-to-face.

You'll be able to approach this day with confidence, having already become acquainted with the team through video conferences and having already made a good impression on your boss.

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Nick Deligiannis began working at Hays in 1993 and has held a variety of consulting and management roles across the business. In 2004  Nick was appointed to the Hays Board of Directors, and was made managing director for Australia and New Zealand in 2012. Prior to joining Hays, he worked in human resource management and marketing, and has formal qualifications in psychology.
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