Today is Boss’s Day, the day when we come together to acknowledge the knowledge, kindness and guidance of our mentors and leaders. Both I and my fellow PGi blogger Lorna Love have the increasingly common experience of having a remote manager—Lorna and I are located in Atlanta while our manager, Lea Green, works in Austin, TX.
Thankfully, tools like iMeet® make the remote manager-direct report relationship a breeze to maintain and gives us all the benefits of a face-to-face relationship even across state lines.
If you too have a remote manager and want to show your appreciation this Boss’s Day, try one of these tips:
1) Have Lunch Delivered
The way to almost anyone’s heart is through their stomach, but if you’re managed remotely, it’s not easy to buy your manager a “thank you” lunch. Luckily, online services like GrubHub let you order food from practically any restaurant and have it delivered, making it easy to send a tasty gift.
2) Gift Cards
Gift cards are a simple, easy and cost-controllable way to send your remote manager a token of your appreciation. And an online service like GiftRocket makes it even simpler, letting you send online gift cards that can be used at any establishment, giving your manager a little freedom with their gift.
3) Surprise Virtual Meet-Ups
If you’re used to working with a remote manager, you probably meet virtually on a regular basis. However, a sneaky, easy “thank you” is to schedule a surprise meeting just to express your gratitude. Give it an official sounding name like “Strategic Synergy Alignment Kickoff” and then surprise your manager with silly profile photos and gushing praise.
4) Video Thank You Cards
If you can’t pull together a sneaky surprise meeting, you can record a video “thank you” card to send to your manager. Better yet, have a little fun and put together a JibJab using your or their photos for some surefire laughs.
5) A Heartfelt Gift
With remote teams, it can be difficult to grow and nurture the tight-knit, familial culture that a many employees thrive upon. A simple, heartfelt gesture can make all the difference. For example, my entire team recently took a “family photo” in iMeet and framed it to give to our boss. It’s proudly displayed in his office, a reminder that even though we might be spread out, we’re always there for one another.
6) BONUS: Write a Blog Post
This one might be a bit difficult for many of you to pull off, but while we’re on the subject:
A very big thank you to Lea Green for all that you do. Your guidance, attentiveness and mentoring spirit—even while managing us remotely—make it a joy to come to work every single day. Happy Boss’s Day!
Photo Credit: nieve44