Determining What Works for Virtual Teams
Finding out what works for virtual teams requires a lot of practice. Distance education and working collaboratively have become more prevalent for a variety of reasons, ranging from cost-effectiveness to using geographically dispersed employees’ skills in a more manageable way. Learning how to manage teams that are not housed together in a brick-and-mortar venue requires effort and guidance. Management need the tools and resources to set the teams up and oversee them once they begin their projects. This entails being involved in the virtual teams every step of the way through active communication, checking in consistently, offering support to the appointed leaders, and evaluating team members’ needs and the success of the project. One important aspect of the Virtual Team Global Business Model, with its focus on accountability and communication, is that management provide the driving force for the entire project. They don’t leave their virtual teams to work alone. Management adopt the people-driven philosophy underpinning the VTML, not a technology-driven philosophy.