Developing Relationships in Virtual Teams
Challenges of Virtual Teams
Tools for Virtual Teams
Tips for Developing Strong Relationships Amongst Virtual Team Members
- Don’t rely on phone conversations and e-mail. Spontaneous online chats and scheduled video or audio conferences will help team members establish rapport. During scheduled meetings, ask team members to avoid multitasking as much as possible.
- Respect cultural differences between team members. Since team members from different cultures may have different opinions on how decisions should be made, set some ground rules up front that can be used to guide the decision-making process.
- Choose a technology platform that will provide equal access to every member of the virtual team. Make sure that team members receive enough training to take full advantage of the conferencing system and that technical support is available if problems arise.