If you are managing one or more virtual teams, you are not alone. The Workforce 2020 survey claimed that 83 percent of executives plan to increase use of consultants or intermittent employees over the next three years.
Covid-19 impact on Digital Communication
The spread of the COVID-19 virus has impacted the lives of countless people around the world. As it continues to evolve, it is expected to disrupt many more services and functions of day-to-day life, including work and managing virtual teams. We know many businesses are now facing the challenge of remaining productive while working from remote locations.
2. Establish a Set of Communication Tools in managing virtual teams
4. Allow a Degree of Flexible Work Hours
5. Make Sure Work Hours Overlap
Regardless of what time zones your team members are in, it is recommendable to have at least three to four hours a day where most of the team is online at the same time. Being online at the same time will bring your team closer and get ahead of what’s happening around the team.
7. Choose (video) Call Over Chatting and Emails
8. Use Documents and Spreadsheets Collaboration Tools
9. Establish a Rewarding Culture
Process of rewarding and recognising people based on their skills -- stimulates people to work harder and better. Make sure to set up reward systems to keep your virtual team motivated and to better pinpoint the team members that can take on more responsibility.
If you’re hiring employees remotely then they are not going to get the same kind of “learn by watching over the shoulder” method that can happen in an office. So when you hire someone, make sure that they have a training program (videos can work well) that educates them about your company and the way that you do things. It is an important steps in managing virtual teams.
Whether you have a current work-from-home process or are looking to implement one, you likely already have the most robust virtual team support option in your repertoire. Microsoft Teams is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, and it can be added as a one-off addition to your technology stack. Contact us for more info about Microsoft Teams.