- Challenges in working across timezones
- Differences in language and/or core values
- Lack of face to face time which may lead to more surface knowledge of who is who on the team, as well as how their roles intersect and even overlap
- Less opportunity for informal planning, relationship development and communication
- "Out of sight, out of mind mentality"
- Often matrix management structures - may be lead by a team leader and also reporting to a local leader as well
- Intensification of communication touch points which may augment/maximize the positive and negative effect of communication and feedback
- Less opportunity to see people "at their best" which may lead to feedback that is more constructively focused
Many of these challenges are supported by enhanced relationships and consideration for the various and unique needs of each of the team members. Spending additional time to foster and build connection amongst all team members is another way to boost connection. Structuring planning time also helps to create a foundation for success.
Interested in more articles on virtual teams? Check out some of my past articles and blog posts:
TIme for a Team Tune Up? - From the BizToolkit, 2009
Five Tips for Effective Virtual Team Meetings - From the BizToolkit blog 2008
Virtual Team Challenges - Biz Toolkit blog 2007
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