Search
Advice » In the Workplace» Workplace Issues » How to Bond with Your Off-Site ...
How to Bond with Your Off-Site Boss

How to Bond with Your Off-Site Boss

By Caroline M.L. Potter, Yahoo! HotJobs

Bonding with your supervisor isn't always a snap. You may have different ways of working and decidedly different personalities, especially if he wasn't the one who hired you in the first place. What can make the bonding process -- and thus, your job -- even more difficult is if you and your boss work in separate locations or time zones.

"The lack of regular physical contact removes the possibility to read energy, personality, mood [and] body language," says Alanna Fero, a performance coach and employee engagement specialist. "How do you impress a boss who never witnesses your work process? How do you keep current with a coworker whose experience of the job is completely different than yours? With consistent application of certain 'bonding' tactics, it's possible to create high-functioning, loyal and enjoyable long-distance working relationships."

She recommends the following five tactics to make the bonding process a simple and smooth one.

Make Getting to Know Your Boss Part of Your Job

"A genuine 'getting to know you' process is crucial," Fero says. "It's best if there's a lengthy and substantive interview series; thorough reference checks; followed by daily emails, Skypes and/or phone calls in the early weeks." Building a foundation will pay dividends later when you face challenges together.

Technology can help build bridges as well. "Videoconferencing is inexpensive now and goes a long way toward creating intimacy and connection over long distances, and, believe me, those are not just words for romance and friendship," says Fero, author of Love Made Visible: Values-Driven Approaches to Work/Life. "Good workplace relationships are interdependent and highly intimate."

Engage in Small Talk for a Big Impact

Don't be all business all the time. Fero encourages new employees to include a brief personal infusion in one-third or more of their communications with their bosses.

"Try something like, 'Hey Sheldon -- hope you had a good weekend. It was so incredibly hot here we just sat in front of our fans and thought about ice! Maybe it was a little cooler in your world?' or 'Hi Marise. Great news on finishing those kitchen renos -- must feel great to be able to spread out and cook now,'" she suggests.

Don't overshare or get too personal, but politely inquire about life outside the office on a regular basis. "A major part of in-person work relationships are the casual and even accidental conversations that happen in hallways, staff rooms and elevators," Fero says. "To deepen your long-distance relationship, create ways to know, appreciate and express a level of caring for one another even across many miles."

Find Out What She Likes or Dislikes

Ask a lot of questions up front about your boss's style and preferences so you can meet and exceed expectations. Fero suggests questions including:

  • Do you prefer questions and feedback as they come up or batching them into one email or telephone conversation? 
  • What's the best time of day to reach you at your desk without intruding on time you need to focus?
  • I understand some people prepare the XYZ reports in chronological order and others in priority sequence. What works best for you?

She believes that investing time to make the critical standards transparent from the start will save you a lot of headaches later.

Reach Out Often and Consistently

Silence isn't golden when you're not at the same site as your boss. "Provide regular progress reports and updates," Fero advises. "A good benchmark is a minimum of twice a week, a maximum of twice a day."

Remember, too, that some folks may not feel you're pulling your weight if you're working remotely. "Chunk your work down into small deliverables and frequently report on them," she suggests. "You'll appear considerate, reliable and highly results-oriented."

Find Time for Face Time

Even the best working relationships require a bit of face time, so make time for it every chance you get. You don't have to commit to a week-long visit. Fero suggests taking advantage of any opportunity to be in the same physical space or city. "If a one-hour flight layover en route to somewhere else could put you in the same place, make it happen," she says.

Articles in This Feature:

Latest Jobs

Roofing Suppy Group
Posted: 04/25/2014
Saint Louis, 63110
St. Mary's High School
Posted: 04/25/2014
Saint Louis, 63111
Volz Incorporated
Posted: 04/25/2014
University City, 63132
Taylor's Jewelry
Posted: 04/25/2014
Saint Louis, 63101
Company Confidential
Posted: 04/25/2014
Saint Louis, 63129

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
ArtBistro
Create and connect.
Excelle
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships
Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Education.org
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military.com
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.

Interviewing

100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.1.40.6-317
eTrustLogo