IN THIS CHAPTER
Putting in place solid hiring practices
Building alignment in your virtual team
Having strategies in place that ensure success
Virtual teams have different needs than teams who are located in the same office. If you’re not careful, the literal distance between team members can create figurative distances. From there you can expect communication breakdown, reduced productivity, disengagement, confusion, mistrust, and ultimately, failure. And when virtual teams fail, usually the virtual part gets the blame — not the lack of planning for their specific needs.
This chapter can safeguard you from virtual team failure. Through my research, I can see the issues that arise if these 10 things aren’t managed effectively. Here are the top predictors of success for your virtual team. Think of it as a checklist to guarantee your virtual team success.
Virtual teams rely heavily on technology to connect team members. Technology is essential for virtual teams, but remember that although it exists to enable team communication and collaboration, it can’t replace good management.