This week, I was working with an individual who is struggling with his boss. The individual is frustrated because the boss doesn’t appear to be interested in him. The boss lives in a different city than the employee and they only see each other about once a year. Phone calls are usually monthly but often are skipped.
Long-distance bosses are increasingly becoming a reality. This is difficult because the boss is an important conduit to his or her boss, who is the decision maker about your career. So, here are some suggestions to help you keep your boss up-to-date on your work.
- Email your boss regularly to keep him updated on your work. ou don’t need to copy everything you do but be sure to send him all the important documents. Ask for his advice and coaching help If your boss has a lot of reports, you need to take the initiative to make contact.
- Invite the boss to visit you more often or schedule visits to meet with him. Build strong relationships with the people you are working with and for. They can provide important input to the boss and they can advocate for you.
Don’t let distance be a problem. Turn it into a positive and find creative ways to keep your boss informed of all your great work.