Chapter 22

Ten Signs Your Organization Is Ready for Virtual Teams


check Ensuring support from every level

check Assessing if the leader is right for the job

check Having clarity and process and why it’s important

Virtual teams aren’t a good fit for all organizations. Your company may be willing, but not ready — or perhaps it’s the other way around. You may not have the technology to support virtual team adoption. Or your organization has the technology in place and employees are asking for it, but your co-located executive team is hesitant to agree to it.

The bottom line is that the decision to have virtual teams must be strategic, not tactical. It can’t be driven by just one department, like the facilities department interested in space saving, IT interested in cost savings, or HR interested in better employee recruitment and retention. It must be intentional and thoughtful, endorsed from the top.

Whatever the situation, understand all the factors involved to see if your organization is ready to support having virtual teams. This chapter guides you through the top factors to consider so that you can determine your level of readiness. When you have all the pieces in place, virtual ...

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