A lot of people are focused on the mechanics of working from home like the perfect workplace, how to manage your children or the effects of isolation. All are very important but one thing that can be overlooked is how to present yourself as a good remote worker and make your boss keep the faith in your ability to be remote.
The first thing to figure out is how sensitive your boss is to how fast you respond to things. I have dealt with some bosses that are not bothered by a delay in response and I’ve also been spoken to if I do not respond to a boss within 30 seconds. One of the best tell tale signs on figuring this out is pay attention to how your boss refers to work from home in general or their own situation. My belief is most bosses only take into account their own personal feelings on work from home when making up their minds on how others will act when they work from home. If a boss prefers to be in the office because they feel they will be distracted at home, unfortunately they will probably assume the worst of you. Pay attention to this and make sure you make this type of bosses communication a priority, it can be easy for them to make assumptions about you.
The second thing to figure out is if your boss/team has communication preferences. If you have not worked remotely before this can seem pretty basic but it’s pretty huge. Some bosses like to talk on the phone, some want scheduled meetings, some want video conferencing. Let’s go through each one;
The last thing to make yourself a great work from home employee is unfortunately the thing that sometimes is the struggle, communicate more. Now this may seem counterintuitive, but an email with a pun or making sure to copy your boss on a few extra emails of items you are completing can go a long way. This keeps a level of transparency to your boss and makes them feel informed, which every boss appreciates. When you don’t seem to be working in a black hole, even if all they did was walk past you once a day, it helps to keep things closer.
Well I hope this helps you maintain or improve your work from home time. Remember to enjoy it while we can! If you are like me being comfortable at home is important. Checkout this standing desk which can give you the options to sit or stand at work.
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