In this world of interconnectivity of computers, using email, and instant messaging, many are faced with working on a team whose members don’t sit right in the cubicles next to them. The term virtual can be interchanged with remote, i.e. different country, different city, different building, different floor, work at home, or traveler. “The probability of collaboration between two people is 3 times more likely with those who sit next to each other than with those who sit 30 feet away.” When virtual or remote you can’t see body language so it can result in miscommunication. It is difficult to work as a virtual team due to communication, time zone differences, and coordinating tasks and objectives.
As resource managers, often those resources we manage and our management peers are located remotely making the need for good virtual management skills imperative. What we learned from the RMI Power UP – Leading Virtual Teams webinar are some ways to overcome the obstacles of working remotely and how to triumph in building relationships and trust in order to achieve success together.
For leading virtual teams, we need to do the following:
Ways to build relationships as a virtual team:
Ways to build relationships between individuals:
Having spent many years working at a home office, I can relate to many of the issues that are presented here, and can verify that these tips will help. We always laughed that if we were an aisle over in the grocery store and heard a co-worker talking we would know them for sure, but if we just walked by them without hearing the voice we most likely wouldn’t recognize them. It takes time and effort to get to know your teams on a deeper level. It certainly helps to already have a trusted relationship built when you have a request for that extra assistance on a challenging project.
If you would like to hear the RMI Power UP – Leading Virtual Teams session, you can go to this link at https://resourcemanagementinstitute.com/events/power-up/.