Virtual Team-Building Exercises
Building Connections in Virtual Spaces
Nihal has just been promoted and he's been asked to manage a new virtual team. He loves the challenge of the role, the opportunity to do business with people from other cultures, and the flexibility of working from home three days per week.
Most of Nihal's team members are dispersed around the world, and only a few work from the office regularly. As a result, he feels disconnected from them, and he struggles to keep track of certain projects. He has misinterpreted several of their emails, and people have misunderstood messages that he's sent. This has caused conflicts and mistrust within his team, and it's affecting its productivity and effectiveness.
Nihal and his team would benefit from building rapport, improving communication, and increasing their awareness of one another's strengths and weaknesses. Using virtual team-building exercises could help them to achieve their goals and communicate more effectively, even when they work in different locations.
In this article, we'll discuss what virtual team-building exercises are and how they can benefit your people. We'll then look at three activities that you can use with your own remote team members.
Working in Virtual Teams
Today, many people work remotely, and most organizations have team members, clients or suppliers around the world. In his 2013 book, "Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance," W. Gibb Dyer, Jr. highlights that numbers of virtual workplaces and remote teams are increasing, so organizations need to find ways to help their geographically dispersed team members work together effectively.
Companies are increasingly using video- and web-conferencing software, email and other online tools to allow team members to talk in "real time" and connect with one another. Our article on Working in a Virtual Team provides tips on using technology to collaborate with people remotely and build effective virtual teams....