Your boss thinks it’s the coolest idea, but your doctor says your stress level is up because you also work from home! So, you are left wondering who you should veer to.
When you’re a working parent, it can be helpful to have the flexibility to work remotely. But your in-office colleagues may wonder just how much you’re getting done. To help the boss and coworkers appreciate your work, it is okay to provide small, clear signals that your commitment and work ethic are strong. For example, you might send emails first thing in the morning to show you’re already up and at it. Or, go out of your way to let colleagues know you’ve read their documents carefully: “Mr. Eze, thanks for this — the data on page eight will be helpful in our quarterly review process.” Yes, you read up to page eight. You can also take calls in the early morning or late at night as a favor to coworkers in other time zones. And try to stop into the office every few weeks or attend special meetings when you can. These tactics will help show how eager and hardworking you are.
However, these acts should be occasional and clearly not presented as obligatory. A reasonable boss, or colleagues will be more interested in you meeting up with your assignments and should not push you to work overtime, outside your official workbench.
Remember, you have a life outside work that may come crashing down if you crowd it out with work - and money may not replenish those. Your kids, spouse, health, and other facets of your living deserve your quality attention.