This is a video from a Udemy course I created a few years ago to help people maximize their efficiency while working from remotely or from home. Instead of selling it as a paid course, I’m sharing the content here, for free. I hope you find it helpful. -Ron Stauffer

One thing I’ve learned working from home for an employer is that managers and bosses are inherently distrustful of people who work from home. I don’t think they do this intentionally. It’s a little bit more insidious than that. I think it’s because they can’t see that you’re in a chair in their office from start to finish every work day.

And because of that, there is a slight level of distrust that makes them wonder: are you actually reporting to work? When you say that you are, are you putting in a full day’s work? Are you producing at the level that they expect? It’s important for you to keep in mind that this is not necessarily their fault, but you are at a slight disadvantage.

Even if you’re self employed the same could happen. When you’re working with clients. There are some clients that I have that I’ve never met in person before. Most of them though, I have. And they feel a lot more comfortable meeting with me face to face. So whenever I have clients that I work with remotely, where I don’t actually get to meet them in person, I’m extra aware of just how fragile that level of trust can be when they can’t see me and shake my hand and look at my setup and see what I’m working on.

When I’m working on their project, I have to make sure that I’m instilling them with as much trust as possible. Again, whether you’re self employed and you’re working with clients, or if you’re working for an employer, the burden of proof is on you to make sure that you’re the one staying in good communication with them.

And they don’t feel like you’re hard to get ahold of, or that you’re unreliable. Just keep in mind that when you work remotely, it’s always going to be one step removed from the ideal scenario, at least in some people’s minds using a contemporary example. There are a lot of people working from home right now, as I record this video due to the coronavirus pandemic, I promise you though, many employers are chomping at the bit to get their employees back in the office and get things as close to normal as they were before.

But let me tell you, first of all, that’s not going to happen. And second of all, I think if you can do this right, you can show your boss or your manager that working from home is a viable option and that you are a valued member of the team. Even if you can’t be seen in person, if you’re a part of a team.

And that team typically meets in a local office building or a coworking space or some sort of local centralized place. And you work outside of that, be aware that there can be a slight social awkwardness where it might feel like you’re not part of the core team, because you’re not there for the inside jokes and the water cooler conversation.

There can definitely be a sense of isolation and disconnect. What do we do about this? We make ourselves available. We make sure that when our boss or clients call us, we pick up the phone right away. If we use tools like Skype or Slack or other online chat tools, we make sure that we respond quickly and efficiently.

Anything that you can do to assure the people around you, that even though they can’t see you, you are a committed member of the team and you’re available and you’re working on their project. That’s what it’s going to take in order to instill enough trust so that everybody’s working on the same page.