Trust is essential to the productivity and success of every business team – especially when at least some members work virtually. And yet, when you can’t work side-by-side or look your colleagues in the eye, that trust is hard to come by.
Especially for virtual managers.
A 2016 survey shows that a whopping 58% of virtual team employees feel that their team lead is not adequately prepared to manage their team in the virtual environment.
What’s more, they may not be wrong – 66% of experienced managers fail in their first attempt to run a virtual team, and brand-new managers fare even worse.
A need for virtual team training
Globally, 85% of employees report working on virtual teams. At the same time, only 22% have received any training geared toward working in that environment. This disparity suggests that many of the people working virtually do not know how to do so effectively, which can lead to dysfunction including:
- Low individual commitment
- Role overload and ambiguity
- Absenteeism and attrition
- Feelings of disengagement and isolation
Virtual team solutions
Virtual Team Builders is the leader in virtual team success. Since its inception 30 years ago, Virtual Team Builders has assisted over 200 private and public-sector organizations worldwide to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their virtual teams.
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