DEAR HARRIETTE: I am dealing with jealousy issues at work that I do not know how to handle. My time is split between commuting to the office and working from home. My colleagues have complained that I have a better life because I am not stuck in the office five days a week. How can I change their perception because I do the same amount of work? -- Want To Be a Team Player, Salt Lake City
DEAR WANT TO BE A TEAM PLAYER: You may not be able to change your colleagues' perception of you. If they are jealous that you work from home when they don't, you can't easily rectify that. What you can do is to show them how present you are.
For example, when you are working from home, for a while choose to be less independent. Include them on video calls or traditional conference calls with more regularity. Call them up and run ideas by them for the projects that you share. The point is for you to choose to be more closely connected to them, even though you are in different places. One of the benefits that people experience when they work in the same space is that they can bounce ideas off each other and generally enjoy the camaraderie of being together. Do your best to cultivate that type of connection with them when you are in their company and when you are not.