With many companies now incorporating remote or semi-remote working into their operating model, new starters can be up against a unique set of challenges, not usually faced when starting a new role.

Regardless of the difficulties it can present, working from home can actually be a great opportunity to develop new skills, create your own work-day strategy and establish efficient systems of working, from the very start of your employment.

Below are our seven tips for starting your new job from home which can help you face the challenges of remote working and turn them into positive development opportunities.

1. Preparation

Virtual onboarding can present a number of challenges such as adjusting to new technology and ensuring you cover all bases in the absence of an in-person run through of company structure and policies.

Make sure you read all the necessary documents and materials ahead of time and write down any questions. Also, try and get to grips with any software programmes and tools you may be using on a daily basis.

2. Give yourself time

Adjusting to a new role and company can be time consuming, particularly when starting remotely. New starters in an office environment are typically immersed in the structure, culture and processes of their company throughout working hours. It may take longer than usual to learn everything you need to know about your role when learning from home.

3. Establish good communication

Establishing good communication with your team is essential. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask questions or raise any concerns. It is important to keep up-to-date with the rest of team and make sure you are on the same page.

Talk to your peers and managers how you can support each other best from a distance and share any relevant experience that will help you bond as a team.

4. Approach mistakes proactively

It is inevitable you will make mistakes as you adapt to your new role, but mistakes are a great way to learn.

The best practice when you make a mistake is to be transparent and talk to your team. It will give you the chance to reflect on what you can improve for the future and avoid repeating any mishaps in the long run.

By talking through an error with your team, it could surprise you how many of your peers might relate and share a similar experience.

5. Take initiative but know when to ask for help

Taking initiative is always appreciated. Be confident in your own abilities when undertaking a new task, and don’t be afraid to use creativity and previous experience to voice any ideas for improvement or innovation.

However, it is important to recognise when to ask for help or support. If you are genuinely unsure of something, ask a colleague. This can save wasted time for not only yourself, but the colleagues who will review your work thereafter.

6. Exercise self-discipline

While working from home, it is important you structure your priorities for each day. Make a list of daily tasks each morning and review with a senior colleague to ensure you are prioritising the correct jobs and aren’t missing any key tasks.

Often companies will have designated team catch up calls each morning, but if this is not in place, it may be an idea to send over your priorities via email, or schedule daily catch up calls with a senior colleague to keep yourself on track.

7. Set objectives

Your manager should put in place objectives to be achieved at milestones in your career journey to help with self-progression. The most common milestones are six months and 12 months, however this can vary from firm to firm.

It is important to keep on top of these objectives and schedule in regular catch ups with a senior colleague to outline what you are doing well, and air any issues or concerns.

If you don’t have objectives in place, it is worth discussing with your manager.