DCo help organisations improve their virtual team working.
When you consider the differences that exist between face to face teams and virtual teams it takes a different approach to achieve the same outputs.
Virtual teams are now commonplace in all sectors and whilst there are personal and business benefits of remote working it is not without its specific challenges. DCo work on designing tailored solutions that will support virtual teams in reaching their performance goals.
The greatest difference that we see between virtual teams and face to face team working is the way that these teams communicate and build relationships. Unfortunately many virtual team members describe feelings of isolation despite having job satisfaction. Getting the balance right in a remote working environment is a critical area for virtual teams.
Many virtual team communications occur without the opportunity to read non-verbal cues or body language and as a result virtual teams experience greater challenges to build rapport, trust and support. Face to face teamworking provides far more opportunities for formal and informal interactions that naturally build relationships.
Time zone differences present an additional and significant challenge to global virtual teams. Any other barriers of language or culture and custom differences within the team can futher increase communication difficulties and understanding.
As a result many virtual teams that we work with find it more challenging to express opinions and manage areas of conflict. They can also find it a greater challenge to make decisions and generate innovative ideas.
Our virtual team working programmes are a brilliant way to address a teams specific areas of challenge and to promote the strengths of their virtual team interactions.