Tips for Building Successful Virtual Teams
Nearly nine out of 10 professionals surveyed conduct at least one-quarter of their work-related activity virtually. That means workers must understand how to thrive in an environment where they often don't interact face to face with colleagues with whom they share work. Other issues they must deal with in a virtual environment include an inability to read nonverbal cues, a lack of rapport and collegiality, and feelings of isolation. Given this, Unify (formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications) has come up with the following survey-driven characteristics and best practices of productive virtual teams. The accompanying report, "Unify New Way to Work Index: The Habits of Successful Virtual Teams," concludes that non-tech-related factors contribute greatly here, as members must proactively encourage a pleasant and personable work atmosphere, while enhancing opportunities to collaborate and share ideas. "What differentiates more successful teams … is not where their members are," according to the report, "but how they engage with each one another—specifically, the frequency and candor with which team members talk." More than 325 global professionals took part in the research.