What Is a Virtual Team?

Virtual teams share a common work objective but not a common workspace. They have a manager and team leaders, just as a traditional team does. Virtual teams rely on ancillary tools as well, such as virtual facilitators and communication. Virtual employees must be able to work independently, a skill that a member of a traditional team needs. Virtual team members build trust with their teammates by reliably delivering completed tasks, as opposed to the relationships that form in the employee lunch room at a brick-and-mortar work site. Learn more about virtual teams at: What Is the Composition of a Virtual Team & What Skills Are Needed?

Lessons For Virtual Teams From a Virtual Team

One company that has recently formed a virtual team has a unique perspective on working together virtually. While email and chat are wonderful tools for the virtual workplace, there are times when a phone call or a video conference would be a better tool. Meeting management goes from being a good workplace practice to a critical one. Acknowledging the time zone of each meeting participant is a good addition to the virtual meeting agenda. Always have a backup plan for when technology fails, and refrain from buying into information about remote teams until you’ve experienced working virtually.  Read more at Lessons from a Virtual Team.

How Should Virtual Organizations Compensate Employees?

Because compensation for similar work varies by location, virtual organizations need to make some unique decisions about how to pay employees. Your organization should consider what percentage of total compensation is the employee’s base salary. Compensation for positions that involve sales commissions is not as sensitive to location. Similarly, compensation for positions with salaries greater than $100,000 is not as dependent on the location of the employee. If organizations put restrictions on the location of the home office of an employee, those restrictions should be considered when deciding employee pay. Read more at: How to Pay Remote Workers.

Going Virtual With Employees, Marketing or Product

Going virtual with employees is a common topic as remote work becomes more popular. Successful virtual employees rely on effective, unified communication with their virtual colleagues. Organizations can rely on technology tools such as RingCentral to provide seamless communication among their virtual workforce. Online promotional campaigns can be some of the most effective at directing traffic to your organization and creating recognition. Although manufacturing will always require brick and mortar factories, virtual platforms can replace other aspects. Organizations can highlight products and allow consumers to shop virtually online. Read more at Going Virtual: Can It Work for Your Business?

What Does It Mean to Go Virtual?

You may have heard terms such as “virtual platform” or “remote teams,” but what does it actually mean for an organization to go virtual? One explanation is that a virtual organization is a group of people from different parts of the globe who are focused on common tasks with a common goal. Members of virtual organizations communicate using available media technologies. Virtual organizational models began developing in the late 20th century as communication models made it possible for remote teams to work together. You can learn more about what it means to go virtual, including advantages and keys to success, by reading Introduction to Going Virtual.

Manage the Change

If you aren’t already thinking about the national trend toward virtual work, now is the time to start. Americans are already using technology more than ever in their daily lives, and recent technological advances are making mobile workforces more practical than ever. Organizations might already find employees using mobile tools such as Skype as they do business. Making the leap into the virtual work world is not a matter for IT personnel or for human resources: It is now up to managers to make this shift happen. The future success and competitive ability of organizations depends on it. Read more at Welcome To The Brave, New World Of Virtual Work.

You Can Go Virtual!

If you organization relies on people as your main commodity, you can go virtual. With the exception of the manufacturing industry, just about any organization can tear down their brick and mortar offices in favor of a remote work force. Although technology companies were among the first to convert to a virtual work structure, more traditional industries are joining them. Going virtual requires organizations to make both technological and cultural shifts in the way they operate. Your organization can benefit from the advantages of going virtual without changing the essence of what you do. Learn more at Going Virtual: Can Any Organization Do it?