Updated: Apr 15, 2021
Maximize the Power of Virtual Teams
There's no denying that Covid-19 is reshaping how we view our business structures, teams, and organizational policies moving forward, sending companies throughout the world scrambling to figure out how to move work forward in a post-pandemic era.
The good news is that the trend to virtual workplaces has been happening for some time and as a society we have knowledge and tools about how to work this way. Many companies may have hybrid teams with some employees working remotely and may already have some infrastructure in place. Others may be encountering the obstacles of virtual employment for the first time.
Find out how to adapt your workplace beyond basic cultural competency, in any medium.
It is essential that company decision-makers acknowledge the current situation and commit to making the necessary organizational transitions. Half measures are risky, both from an employee health perspective and from a financial one. The first step is to invest in long-term solutions that are reliable, scalable and flexible. Build a clear strategy for transitioning work virtually and determine:
1. What changes need to be made to the work culture and flow.
2. What technology is needed to support the transition.
2. What preparation managers need to communicate these shifts clearly and transparently.
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Virtual Work Culture
Work culture consists of the values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes that explicitly or implicitly created by and communicated to staff and clients/consumers. Culture is shaped and impacted by company policies, but it is reinforced through daily interactions from every level of the team.
One of the biggest struggles virtual workforces face is how to maintain or create a positive work culture as workers become remote. Maintaining a positive work culture increases employee engagement and retention in addition to improving productivity and performance. Whether or not it is visible, culture influences every team's perceptions and actions.