Seven Best Practices for Effective Communication

Communication is essential for a thriving workplace but is preeminent in virtual organizations. Virtual organizations need to communicate extensively through email, internet chat and telephone. They must find a way to continuously connect considering there is not the everyday face-to-face contact. It is important that leaders in virtual organizations learn to build trust among them and staff, emphasize team work and encourage open communication. In addition, there must be an effective and efficient solution to virtual meetings.

The Project Management Institute outlines an effective communication approach to overcoming challenges in a virtual environment. Read article The Virtual Project Manager: Seven Best Practices for Effective Communication.

5 Tips For Virtual Collaboration

Virtual collaboration is the method of collaboration between virtual team members that is carried out via technology-mediated communication. Virtual collaboration follows the same process as collaboration, but the parties involved in virtual collaboration do not physically interact and communicate exclusively through technological channels. Distributed teams use virtual collaboration to simulate the information transfer present in face-to-face meetings, communicating virtually through verbal, visual, written, and digital means. Please read more.

The Forces Driving Workplace Change

According to the Telework Research Network, thirty million Americans now work from home at least one day a week, with that number forecast to increase sharply in the coming years. This means that the future will have remote workers who will be hired to work online, from anywhere they want. Clearly, flexible workspaces. that allow employees to work when and where are becoming a staple in some of the nation’s most successful companies. So, are flexible work policies just a ‘perk’, or do they deliver when it comes to the bottom line? Employees report that they are more productive and more engaged in their work when there are able to balance the demands of work with other aspects of their lives. Improvements in physical and mental health are also associated with workplace flexibility. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) produced a book “Work on the Move: Driving Strategy and Change in Workplaces” that examines the forces driving workplace change and its effects. Please read more.

8 Rules To Make Telecommuting Work

Far too often, we hear about the negatives of telecommuting but there are many more positives. If implemented and managed properly, telecommuting could be beneficial for the employer and employee. Statistics show that nearly half of U.S.-based companies currently have employees who telework, or work from outside the office. When companies offer the option to work virtually, managers are concerned about actual time spent on the clock and productivity level. There are many tools and information readily available that can prepare companies. Understanding when and how to use the essential tools, you too can make telecommuting work for your company. Please read more.

Virtual Human Resources

A virtual organization is a network of organizations that make it possible to be flexible with various resources and is created to meet the dynamics of the market. It consists of individuals working out of physically dispersed work places, or even individuals working out of mobile devices and not tied to any particular workplace. If we look at the distinction between a traditional organization and virtual organization, we know that every organization requires a team to carry out its activities. The driving force is the virtual team where members interact primarily through some combination of electronic communication systems. The need for virtual teams is increasing, particularly in global organizations. However, virtual teams cannot work successfully without personalized trust relationships with Human Resources Management. These relationships are normally established through face-to-face interaction and socialization. In a virtual environment, it is important that Human Resources establish criteria when hiring the virtual staff. In addition, they must create activities that will help them get to know the virtual teams. A white paper by InterCall does a great job of outlining trends and insights on hiring. Please read more

Advantages and Challenges of Virtual Teams

Today, it is rare for companies not to have teams dispersed across countries, cultures and time zones – colleagues who are expected to work together while at the same time working apart. Teams are the typical building blocks of an organization. They provide companies with the means to combine the various skills, talents and perspectives of a group of individuals to achieve corporate goals. Managing remote teams isn’t easy. Turning virtual teams into high performance ones is even harder. Employers expect that employees working remote will be great performers. Most important, it’s not about the employees, but instead about the context that’s developed for them by managers who know how to successfully create the right environment for high performing virtual and remote teams. Along with the challenges to managing a virtual team, there are benefits. Please read more

10 Ways to Successfully Manage Virtual Teams

Managing a virtual team may have some challenges but there are many advantages. Traditional office working is losing ground as the best way to work which is why it is so important to understand how to successfully manage a virtual team. One of the key starting points is to get organized. This means that you need to layout a plan of the day’s activities and not in the traditional sense. Compile a list of to do’s that happen regularly including conference calls, virtual face-to-face meetings and online resources that help the team do their job efficiently and effectively. The best practice is to create a virtual personality and presence through continuous communication. Entreprenuer.com does an excellent job in outlining tips to successful management of a virtual team. Please read more