As any good team leader knows, it’s valuable to stop and take the pulse of your virtual team every now and again to make sure everyone is working well together. In co-located teams, it can be MBWA – management by wandering around. This tried and true method gives managers a random sampling of events and employee discussions, and is more likely to facilitate improvements to morale, productivity and total quality management.
MBWA isn’t an option in virtual teams, meaning that managers are often unaware of problems until it’s too late. There are a number of strategies that virtual managers can employ to get that bird’s-eye view of their team, including your virtual team meetings, scheduling ‘office hours’ for impromptu conversations and regular one-on-one touch points.
All three methods are great ways to improve interactions with your team and provide you with more tools to ‘read’ what’s going on beneath the surface of status reports. If you need an objective view of how your virtual team is functioning the Virtual Team Success Surveyby Virtual Team Builders (VTB) is one great resource – a one-minute survey for virtual team leads and managers to paint a quick and accurate picture of your team’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.
After taking the survey, virtual team leaders and managers will receive a FREE 30-minute consultation with Virtual Team Builders to review your survey results and equip your virtual team strategies including how to:
- Drive engagement during virtual meetings
- Build trust and productive virtual relationships
- Master tools to improve team communication
This survey will help set you up for sustainable, long-term success with your virtual team.TAKE THE SURVEY!
– Claire Sookman, Founder, Virtual Team Builders