Virtual team meetings can be incredibly effective when they’re done right – and disastrous to team morale and productivity when managed poorly. Manage the virtual meeting properly to ensure you get the maximum benefit for your team.
In a virtual meeting you may have some people sitting around a teleconference table while other people are joining remotely from their own computer. Everyone is on the web conference, so it’s not a problem. Right?
All too often, the virtual participants feel a sense of isolation because they’re at a disadvantage. They can sense when their co-located colleagues are enjoying a communicative advantage, engaging in whispers, side conversations and verbal cues.
That sense of isolation leads to:
- lack of participation
- distractibility and multitasking
- low morale
In this 3-part series, we’ll take a look at some of the top tips you can put into place to have the best virtual team meeting… ever!
Manage the Virtual Meeting
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