A remote or virtual team refers to a group of people working together to serve a common purpose, without being co-located i.e. they are geographically dispersed. With thousands of start ups forming every year it is not uncommon for Businesses to work like this. There has been a growing trend of business’ having staff stationed all over the world and working remotely. Companies like Buffer even have a fully remote team.
With all employee’s so far from each other that all important face to face communication could be missed. With the lack of face to face communication this could poses a challenge for building a team unit. So how does one go about building a strong remote team? Below are some important aspects that remote teams could think about and maybe try.
Communication is important in any given situation whether it’s within your business or day to day live. It is, after all how we exchange information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium. When working in a remote business it is key to over-communicate. After meetings all members should ensure to follow up and make sure that the message was perceived as intended. Questions, Questions, don’t be scared to ask questions if anything is misunderstood.
Working remotely all team members relay heavily on emails so having the right technology allows teams to feel connected to each other and clients. It’s important to ensure that you have the right collaboration software such as Slack, Asana, Podio and Zoho such programs will allow team members to work effectively and efficiently.
“The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.” – HENRY L. STIMSON. Trust in business is so important, after all our economy works because people trust each other. You must trust that your team members will complete that time sensitive project in time. You must trust that your team members are doing what they say they are doing and trust that the quality of the product is up to the standards expected. Being able to trust your team and treat them like working professional adults and give them flexibility will help increase productivity especially in working remote teams.
Teamwork, Dream Work
Team Building is the action or process of causing a group of people to work together effectively and efficiently as a team. Each event is designed to increase team performance and help motivation throughout it brings people together. Here at Team Tactics we have been providing innovative corporate team building solutions for 25 years. We strongly feel that a remote team would benefit from one of these. They could be something that is done twice a year, or it could be incorporated into those yearly conferences. Meeting up with everyone in a central location such as London as it’s close to the airports and a direct train can be taken from the airport to central.
We have plenty of activities to chose from some of our favourites are listed below, Around The World in 80 minutes, It’s A Rap Trap, Who Dears Wins, Canal Clue Quest and A Treasure Hunt around London. Not only will a team building activity / day have a positive reinforcement on the team, but it will encourage creativity and increase collaboration. It’s a win, win situation for all! Don’t miss out on an amazing Team Building activity get in contact today.