How to Bond with Your Boss While Working Remotely

How to Bond with Your Boss While Working Remotely

Vartika Kashyap 14/04/2019 6

#RemoteWork has come far from being a trend, it has now become a viable option for many businesses. But things aren’t always good and easy in a remote work culture. After all, we are talking about people who are sitting oceans away from each other and constantly figuring out ways to work together as a team. 

There is no secret that people love to work remotely these days. But at the same time, many remote workers have agreed to the fact that they often struggle to develop strong working relationships, particularly with their bosses. Since they don’t get the luxury of being in the office or going out for team lunches, remote employees have to figure out out-of-the-box ideas to create work harmony with their higher-ups - regardless of the fact that they are hundreds of miles away.

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Fortunately, I have had the first-hand experience of working with remote employers as well as remote employees and I’m happy to share my secret with you all. 

In this article, I've highlighted a few tips that you can put to practice to create and maintain stronger relationships with your boss. And you know what? I’ve personally tried my hands on each of these tactics and they work quite well. 

Here are 5 simple strategies to bond with your boss while working virtually:

1. Look for One-on-One Time, Virtually

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Normally in an office setting, employees tend to meet and greet their bosses in break rooms, team meetings, and even parking lots. Now, you don't get that opportunity because you’re not in the same room as your boss or your team. 

The best you can do in this case is take the initiative to schedule face-to-face meetings once a month - But is that enough? Of Course not. So instead of requesting a monthly meeting, request a video conference call once a week. Make video conferencing your preferred communication medium, don’t rely too much on emails or texts. 

2. Offer to Help 

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Out of sight is not necessarily out of mind. Remote or in-house, you will have to establish yourself as a competent employee. Ask your boss if he/she needs a hand with any project rather than waiting for them to ask. 

Demonstrating that you’re willing and able to take on additional responsibilities will definitely help you position yourself better in front of your boss. Moreover, this will make your boss realize that they can trust and count on you.

3. Embrace Technology

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If you’re a remote employee, the physical proximity will never be in your favor. However, to promote interactions, modern technology, and a little effort can do wonders.

The good news is that there are dozens of software and apps out there that can help you with your purpose. From an all-in-one project management software like ProofHub to an evergreen telecommunications application like Skype, there are many productivity-based, collaborative tools that you can use to your advantage. All you need to do is find a tool that fits your remote working needs. 

4. Ask For Feedback

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Never be afraid to ask your boss for feedback, especially when you're working remotely. Too many remote employees shy away from speaking up for fear of the unknown. The result? They fail to make that “extraordinary” impression on their bosses as well as team members. 

Sure, ideally you will get feedback from your boss, but isn’t it better to look for areas of improvement in your performance yourself? After all, it’s your career and you shouldn’t be afraid to be in the driver’s seat. 

5. Be Wise About Your Battles

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There will be times when you might not agree with your boss’s opinion. But you can’t confront your boss every time you have a different take on matters. Pick your fights wisely, especially when you’re working remotely. 

Don’t just start talking and arguing with your boss. Think long-term and be sure that your fight is worth in the long run. Don’t forget that at the end of the day, it’s work and you’re dealing with your boss - not your friend.  

In Conclusion

Having a good bond with your boss is important but it doesn't happen at a snap. However, putting the aforementioned tips into practice can help you forge a solid, somewhat personal relationship with your boss when you’re working remotely. They will not only get you into your boss’s good books but they will also help you ensure glowing performance, every day. 

So what are you waiting for? Don't you want to become an all-star employee for your boss? Try these simple strategies today and share what worked best for you!

Is there something that you would like me to add to this post? Share your insights in the comments section below!

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  • Conor Rogers

    The 1 thing I hate about my job is GOING and HAVING to Punch a clock and PHYSICALLY be there. It depends on the person.

  • Jesse Springall

    I agree with pretty much everything

  • Thomas Breeze

    Discipline is crucial to bond with your boss, it's easy to slack off if you're in a nice place working remotely.

  • Pamela Brown

    Great article

  • Quinn Larson

    I’ve been working remotely the last 6 years and I can say is that my creativity and problem solving skills are much better. I still have issues to communicate with my boss.

  • Kevin Mcgaugh

    I would say remote work is not for everybody.

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Vartika Kashyap

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Vartika is India's #6 LinkedIn Top Voice 2017. She is a Marketing Manager at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.  

   

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