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Does Presence Equal Promotion?

Experts say that when you’re trying to get your career off the ground, you should go to work.

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 12, 2013

Does Presence Equal Promotion?
Experts say that when you’re trying to get your career off the ground, you should go to work. This may seem like common sense: if you want to keep working, go to work. What we’re actually referring to here, however, is the value of being present in the office. But my office environment is flexible and my boss doesn't mind if I work from home! Perhaps that’s true, but there is something to be said about being present in the office. It says you’re dependable. It says you’re ready to conquer the day’s tasks and that you prioritize work.

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Yes, there are valid excuses to work from home. What we’re referring to is working from home on an all-too-regular basis. Think about it: what happens in the office if you are working from home? For example, your boss needs to assign the next big project to someone. Who will he or she give it to? The person they cannot see at home or someone who came in that day? Likely, the latter.

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A person’s presence reminds you to think of them and, in this case, keep them in mind for projects. More than likely, to someone who comes in everyday. The truth is that trusting relationships are built when colleagues see one another, day in and day out. They become staples in each other’s days, as any other form of normalcy. Reminders or Issues? Forget about it. If you’re not present, you’re on your own.

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The best way to gather information is always from the source. Whatever arises throughout the workday is usually unexpected and, on the rare occasion that it’s exciting, the people that have been there for all of the issues (even the boring and mundane) will be there to hear about it first and deal with it. Most likely, they’ll do this before even considering calling you at home. If you’re chalking your career up to being at the right place at the right time, we’d strongly suggest being in the office – a place where many successful people have been “discovered.” After all, how can someone give you a promotion if you’re never present?

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