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Leading Virtual Teams | 3 Ways to Build Empathy in Virtual Teams

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Empathy inspires positivity and productivity in all who embody it.

There are many benefits attached to fostering empathy in the virtual workplace.  For one, you will become more aware of how people think, feel, and react to situations.  As a leader, you will become more adept at analyzing the performance of your team members, and you will be more mindful of their needs.

Empathy will promote open communication and build stronger bonds of trust within your virtual team.  Likewise, empathetic virtual team members will become better at resolving conflict, will deliver more effective feedback, and will make better decisions.

With a little practice your virtual team can master empathy and harness success.

Two strategies to develop empathy

1. Practice reflection: It is important to remember that what irritates you about a colleague is likely to be a characteristic that you possess. Before you react and judge a team member, ask yourself, “Is this something I do?” If the answer is ‘yes,’ then you are better prepared to address your colleague with empathy.

2. Be compassionate: We all have our flaws, and you do not have to agree with someone to empathize with them. Be open to what others have to say and how they work. In the process, chances are, you will discover a great deal about what you bring to your virtual team.

By consciously practicing and developing empathy, your virtual team members will be prepared to bridge the geographic gap between them and work productively to accomplish your business goals.

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By : Oliver Villegas /October 26, 2018 /Blog, Building Empathy in a Virtual Environment /0 Comment Read More

Trust and Empathy in Virtual Teams

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Teamwork depends on trust, and trust is built on relationships –and yet many virtual managers fail to ensure their teams have the opportunity to build and develop those relationships.

The truth is that humans are social, empathetic beings.We do best when we can see the people we’re working with, dropping in for spontaneous conversations that may not even be related to work. When people work remotely and only contact their colleagues for business matters, empathy is harder to come by and they begin to feel isolated and unhappy – which leads to less trust, lower productivity and higher costs due to attrition.

 

Talk About Trust in Virtual Teams

Even if it feels awkward to talk about trust, especially when just forming or joining a new virtual team, doing so is key to success. Too many teams wait for an issue to arise and “get bad enough” that a manager needs to step in, meaning it is actually far too late.

With a virtual team, it can be tricky to tell when, how or why trust became an issue, which is precisely why it must be addressed early on. Encourage your team to discuss the behaviors they expect from each other to build trust rather than undermine it.

As manager, you can co-create behavioral norms with your team,addressing trust issues before they arise.

Empathy will promote open communication and build stronger bonds of trust within your virtual team.  Likewise, empathetic virtual team members will become better at resolving conflict, will deliver more effective feedback, and will make better decisions.  Empathy inspires positivity and productivity in all who embody it.  With a little practice your virtual team can master empathy and harness success.

Want to learn more about how to co-create Behavioral norms with your virtual teams. Schedule a free consultation today.

By : Oliver Villegas /October 23, 2018 /Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More
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