Do you know what your virtual assistants do for fun?
Have you asked them about their interests?
Did you know that they paint, cook really well, or watch the same series and movies as you?
You are going to find out the most interesting things about your VA if you asked. They’ll be willing to share.
This is a habit that John (OnlineJobs.ph owner) has picked up over the years of working with us. He either asks us the fun stuff we’re up to recently, or we just openly share the information with him anyway.
I must admit, there was a time where it brought out paranoia. There was a time when I thought, oh my god, did I do something wrong? Why does he want to find out. Later on, I realized he just wanted to. He wanted to learn about his VA and the stuff I was interested in, and if it was something he found cool too, we would talk about it, and we would show off all the fun things we have about it.
Last week, John asked me about something I mentioned on my report. He asked me what a Dalek was. Well, the Daleks are only the most awesome and saddest villains of all time John!!! But really, according to Wiki, “the Daleks were engineered by the scientist Davros during the final years of a thousand-year war between his people, the Kaleds, and their enemies the Thals. With some Kaleds already badly mutated and damaged by nuclear war, Davros genetically modified the Kaleds and integrated them with a tank-like, robotic shell, removing their every emotion apart from hate. His creations soon came to view themselves as the supreme race in the universe, intent on purging the universe of all non-Dalek life.”
Watch the best Dalek moments here:
I’ve been crazy over this series for a while. I’ve been crazy over a lot of movies and series actually, and I like to buy stuff that remind me of these interests. Lately, I bought some Metal Works 3D Models and posted it on instagram. It’s a great hobby to start. You basically buy something that looks like this:
And it transforms into this:
When John saw it, he reacted the way no typical boss reacts. “It looks great. You should write about it.” He said. So here I am, playing with two of my toys, trying to get some inspiration for work.
It Doesn’t Have to Be an Awkward 1 on 1
You don’t have to schedule a call and start an interview. Go back to basics which is, your VA’s are humans. You can you know, talk to them. To make it easier for you, the new Star Wars movie Rogue One is showing. You’ll be surprised at how many Filipinos are crazy about Star Wars. In fact, we have Star Wars Fandoms everywhere.
If you think you have absolutely nothing in common because of the geographic differences, think again. I’m crazy about both Doctor Who and Star Wars, British and American legacies. And there are so many movies and series I watch, just like the other virtual assistants I know. So yeah, there’s bound to be something you can relate to. If not movies and series, then maybe the latest gadgets or food!
It’s as simple as that, start by asking about the newest show on air, or the new movie you want to watch. Who knows, you might be interested in the same things. You might get a better perception of how they do things, of what they are passionate about, of what makes them tick.
Why Do You Need to Talk to Your VA?
Talking with your virtual assistant doesn’t just make a better working relationship. You have to admit, there’s a point to the saying “Out of sight, out of mind.” Constant effort is necessary to remind yourself that hey, this is a real person. In return, your virtual assistant will also be reminded that I’m not just working for this email address or this business. There’s a person behind this business, and that person has a family, has friends, and bills he also has to pay for. He’s a real person like me. It reminds your staff, just like I am reminded, I don’t just want a business to succeed, I want this person, my boss to succeed.
About Jessica Madrazo
Jessica creates content and support for OnlineJobs.ph. She is also involved in different advocacies like climate revolution, local arts, internet freedom, women’s rights and more.
She dreams of a world where people are able to tap their inner heroism and work together for a better world.
She has a Dalek watching over her computer.
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