Building Relationships at a Distance

The truth is it’s hard for virtual teams to always bond on a personal level with other team members. Without bonding, the results could be significant. The University of California, San Francisco, lists some of the common symptoms of a disengaged team:

  • Decreased productivity
  • Conflicts or hostility among team members
  • Confusion about assignments, missed signals, and unclear relationships
  • Decisions misunderstood or not carried through properly
  • Apathy and lack of involvement
  • Lack of initiation, imagination and innovation
  • Ineffective staff meetings, low participation and minimally effective decisions
  • Negative reactions to the project leader

Environmental Medicine showed that a lack of team spirit can even cause employee depression. Before you scurry off to Google, furiously searching “how to engage virtual teams”—take a breath. We’ve done the work for you. In this session you will experience innovative team activities specifically designed for virtual teams that will build engagement and increased productivity.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Examine the benefits of icebreaker activities
  • Identify the elements of icebreaker activities
  • Demonstrate how the tools available in web conferencing applications can be used in ice breaker activities
  • Create icebreaker activities to meet specific team needs
  • Develop the skills needed to lead activities

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