Here are 8 reasons why your virtual team
could be lacking “luster”. Check which of
these reasons apply to your virtual team
(you could be guilty of more than one),
then apply the suggestions to build a
united, more motivated virtual team.
#1 You’re Absent As a Team
>> A team leader needs to be present, even in the virtual
world. Make your presence known and provide leadership
through regular communication – not just with the team as a
whole, but with individuals. Use Social Media and Online Team
Collaboration Tools to keep in touch. When you plan a
meeting, make sure you show up! Online meetings are just as
important as face-to-face meetings.
#2 Team Members Feel
Disconnected and Out of
Touch With What Is Going
On In The Business
>> Don’t just assign tasks to your team, then walk away. Keep
communication regular and encouraging. Small, quick, regular
online updates are better than occasional, long drawn-out
marathon style teleconferencing sessions.
#3 Your Virtual Team
Meetings Are Events To Be
Dreaded – With No Outcomes
>> Get your virtual team excited about showing up for online team
meetings. Try these suggestions:
#4 Business Goals are not
clear to the entire team
>> Set and communicate team goals >> to the entire team. Invite
your team members to contribute to goals and objectives.
Encourage new ideas and innovation. Make sure your entire team is
involved and understands what they are working towards. That will
instil a sense of unity in the group.
#5 Team Members Are Not
Rewarded or Recognised for
>> Remember to recognise and reward the team members that you
can’t see. A simple email of thanks and/or public acknowledgement
at a team meeting will go a long way to boosting morale in your team.
Sending a gift to your virtual team members will be really
appreciated. Recognising the individual is as important as
recognising the entire team.
#6 “All Work and No Play” Is
Making a Dull Team
>> Create opportunities for team members to come together to have
some fun. Take time to have a coffee (you can still have a coffee chat
online), talk and celebrate together. Play virtual team building games
#7 Lack of Consideration to
the Individual Circumstances
of your Team Members
>>Before planning project meetings and project schedules, consider
where your team members are located and what timezone they are
working in. Perhaps rotate team meeting times so difficult timezones
are shared across the team. Does anyone on your team have
trouble speaking English? Are there special days/celebrations they
will want to observe.? It’s important to respect where each team
member is coming from.
#8 Being Blind As To How
Your Virtual Team Dynamics
>> Learn how your team operates and work with them to improve
performance. Just because you’re calling them a team, doesn’t
mean they are operating as one. Arrange for your team to
participate in REAL team building activities to help you to identify
your team strengths and weaknesses. Have your team take a
personality test so you can identify who should be doing what tasks.
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