(October 10, 2012)
Recently I got asked this very simple question from a virtual assistant: How do I know if my boss likes what work I do?
There are several factors that will determine if your boss likes the kind of work you do for him over the internet. The most important one will be his feedback. If there is good feedback, good for you; if there is bad feedback, act on it as fast as possible.
Try as much as you can to make your employer happy. Make changes and propose solutions because your reputation is on the line.
If there is no feedback, well, I would assume that first it would be a good sign. Most employers try to save time by not overdoing the whole feedback thing. Most employers are looking for self-starters and self-sufficient virtual assistants that need as little supervision as possible.
So if you don’t get any feedback, I would assume at first that it is okay. If the lack of feedback takes too long and only you can decide what too long means then by all means contact your employer. Say something like,
Hi Boss, here is what I did: A, B and C. I hope you liked it. I took the freedom of researching an alternative way of making C even faster and better. What do you think about it?
Do you like my work?
If there’s anything you’re not pleased with, please let me know and I’ll change it right away. I would be happy to hear from you so that I can make your business even better.”
Just write him an email of such a nature. As an employer, I could not help but be impressed if someone wrote something like this to me instead of complaining that I don’t write. It would show just the right message to me.
If you use a system like oDesk, your work is recorded with screen capturing software anyway. So you can assume that your employer takes a periodical look at your work. And as long as he is paying you, you shall assume that he likes what you are doing.
I hope I could give you some fresh insight to know if your boss likes what work you do as a virtual assistant.
If you need further help or if you have any questions or if you are an employer reading this and wanting to join the discussion, be sure to click on the comment function below.
Comments for As A Virtual Assistant, How Do You Know If Your Boss Likes What You Did?
|Jul 21, 2014||Feedbacks are like fertilizer
by: JomvieFor me, I think there’s no such thing as negative feedback especially if I am working on some stuff that I don’t understand a single thing or two. 😀 In my case, I will start to worry if there’s no word from my employer’s end.Feedbacks help you improve and grow and in time it will make you to a better one and that will be the time I will not worry if I don’t get to hear from my employer regularly.. =)
|Jul 21, 2014||Sometimes you have to “fish” for the feedback
by: FrancisI think I am not the only employer who sometimes is not able to answer my virtual assistant right away.While the VA (even more for a full time VA) is constantly in contact with the problem he is trying to solve for his employer, the employer is often busy with other stuff.And be it him going off to a beach living the dream 😉
Anyways, as the employer I need to be reminded for a need of feedback from time to time, too. Just as a VA needs to be reminded of open tasks, e.g.
It helps to insist a bit on open questions. Either by asking them differently, or even by doing some research and presenting some possible answers to the employer.
What else can an employer do if his VA is waiting for feedback but there is just too little time to give him that?