Fluidity: Buffeted by different forces, being fluid and flexible is key to sustainable and long-term satisfaction on the part of remote workers.
Everyone: In the virtual workspace, everyone needs to be equipped with tools, as we explore in Episode 15 of the Remote Pathways podcast, “Everyone Needs to Be a Leader.”
Timeframes: Many global teams operate 24/7. Creating systems to facilitate flow across the workday for all, is as important as individuals being able to create boundaries so they know when they are “ON and OFF.” A growth of asynchronous approaches to leadership and teamwork is a key trend.
Assumptions: Assumptions can be rampant within a virtual team when they are not checked. With people managing different projects, and being part of many different teams, the reality for one team member may not be the reality for another. What assumptions are you holding as a team?
Some of the key issues teams face revolve around:
• Process issues
• Cross-cultural issues
Most of these will be explored further in the book. In terms of cross-cultural issues, even if a team is located in one country, cross-cultural issues may
abound. Consider the cross-cultural issues which may exist in your team. Are there differences between how things are done, values, and priorities urban and rural? West or East? North or South? Being aware of how intercultural issues shape communication, priorities, and what’s valued, is important for virtual, hybrid, and remote teams of all kinds.
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