Today’s post gets you thinking about how to boost collaboration in virtual teams. There are many barriers to collaboration in today’s virtual and remote workspace including:
#1 - The technology itself
When working within a global team it may be likely that some people may have different accessibility options to different platforms, for example, meeting streaming services or file sharing. While we need to work within technological constraints it is important to regularly revisit what the lowest common denominator may be. While a person may not be able to access something on a laptop or desk top, can they access it through the wi-fi on their phone?
Consider what applications and platforms are needed for the team to excel and what platforms and/or technologies should be revisited.
#2 - Knowing each other.
An essential foundation to effective collaboration and team work is knowing each other. If we don’t know what each others roles, styles and priorities are, it is hard o collaborate. Spending time in team meetings and through information sharing about roles, priorities and styles helps team members understand how they may overlap.
Help the team visualize their connections. You may choose to create a team map where on a white board, team members identify the different touchpoints, roles and priorities they have around major projects, goals and/or deliverables.
# 3 - Building in time for the team to connect
Structure focused time for the team to connect to get to know each other. This might include special projects which are done in smaller work teams, peer mentoring or coaching pairs or some job shadowing. There is much that can be learned between team members at different locations.
What else is going to boost collaboration for your virtual team? You may want to check out other Teams365 posts which address issues related to collaboration here.
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