Fortunately, virtual teams is not a brand spanking new concept and that means we have the opportunity to learn from those who have previously established this as a way of working. Many employers have moved towards virtual teams as they compete globally while allowing their employees flexibility to attain a healthy work-life balance.
With a laser focus on keeping people safe during a time of uncertainty, it may be time for you to consider setting up your virtual team.
There are some fundamental challenges leaders and teams can expect when adapting to this work practice. Let’s take a look at the top 3 challenges leaders encounter with remote teams:
Challenge 1: Communication
Communication is key in any workplace—especially one where most interactions occur via email, chat, or calls. Ensuring a free flow of accurate information throughout your company’s structure means hiring the right people, fostering a communicative culture, and using the right tools for the job.
Challenge 2: Trust
Trust is key in any relationship. When employees trust their managers and believe they’re working toward a shared vision, collaboration and engagement happen naturally. But it’s hard-won in an environment where face-to-face interaction is a rarity. A shared mission, collaborative spirit, and strategic team building can help instill trust in remote and onsite workers alike.
Challenge 3: Productivity
Low productivity is an obvious risk when employees work outside of a traditional office. In an environment without day-to-day oversight, some team members may not use their time wisely. On the other hand, certain employees risk burnout when working remotely due to a lack of boundaries.