What Is a Virtual Team?

How do you get your people to work together when you can’t even get them in the same city? How do you get past technology glitches to have a productive conversation? Can you help your staff trust teammates they’ve never laid eyes on? How do you maintain accountability with someone in a different time zone who’s going to bed just as you’re getting up? How do you replicate the small things that knit teams together: following the same sports teams, saying gesundheit when a sneezing fit erupts, sharing a look over a colleague’s absentminded humming, even holding elevator doors for each other? These are just a few of the challenges you face when you manage a team of remote workers.

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