Many companies worldwide are now working remotely and turning to digital onboarding methods to accommodate new tax expat employees who are perhaps unable to relocate due to the current travel restrictions. The effects of Covid-19 are therefore increasing the possibility of businesses adopting a more remote workforce for corporate tax and transfer pricing experts. We understand that starting any new role can be challenging. Even more so if you are unable to meet your new employer and co-workers.
As an International Search firm, we wanted to share a few top tips for ambitious tax and transfer pricing professionals who are working remotely.
CREATE A DESIGNATED WORKING AREA
If you are new to ‘home working’, it’s important to identify a quiet workspace that is free of regular distractions. You should have a stable internet connection to work efficiently and attend video calls with visuals and sound. Make sure you are also fully equipped with a laptop or PC, webcam and other necessary hardware along with any relevant software, which should be downloaded before your start date.
Being able to sit comfortably should also be a top priority. You will probably be sitting longer than usual without the typical requirement such as attending meetings or leaving your desk for colleague interaction. Having access to a supportive chair is therefore crucial. Choose a bright area with a minimalist background to ensure you can be seen clearly in video call meetings.
MANAGE YOUR DAYS EFFECTIVELY
Working from home as a tax or transfer pricing professional welcomes more independence and self-management, meaning most employers will expect you to take full control of your workload and schedule your days effectively.
Being in a new tax or treasury role, employers are likely to share company policies and essential training so you gain an understanding of general procedures and their expectations for you working from home. You should try to complete these in good time and show you are efficient and organised and use this introductory period to ask questions and learn the business in a proactive manner.
BUILD STRONG CO-WORKER RELATIONSHIPS
Creating relationships with co-workers is certainly easier in an office environment compared to remote working. Quick chats whilst doing the coffee run or heading out for lunch together are not possible at the moment. However, it’s still important to engage with your new colleagues and understand the team culture and build strong working relationships.
As most of your tax-related meetings will likely be conducted via video call, make sure you are contributing and listening to your co-workers to gain an understanding of everyone’s responsibilities. You may also want to organise individual VC meetings with colleagues you are going to be working closely with. This will help you better understand their priorities and to try and get to know them on a more personal level.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Your early weeks in a new job are likely to be dedicated to learning about the company, being introduced to projects and becoming familiar with new processes. Communication is, therefore, a key skill to showcase; Master the video calls and work on clear verbal and visual communication, whether that’s with your team or Stakeholders groups from across the world.
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