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Building successful virtual teams in 2024

Building successful virtual teams is big in 2024; with workplaces all over the UK having undergone incredible changes over the past few years. The relationships between workplaces and their workers have survived in many ways, and yet the ways in which many people now work compared to yesteryear are like night and day.

Now, remote working and hybrid approaches to office and home working are not only in high demand, but in higher supply than ever. This change in structure means that building successful virtual teams is a strategy that many workplaces now need if they want to continue attracting talent.

What is a virtual team?

By virtual teams, we’re talking about people who need to work together, yet aren’t often—or ever—in the same location. A team that communicates and shares work entirely through the internet might have its members located in all different parts of the country or even different sides of the globe, working asynchronously through mismatched time zones.

Virtual teams present new opportunities and yet new problems for workplaces. While it opens up an organisation’s possible talent pool to something bigger than ever, it also means that they can’t simply place workers in the same office together and let them break the ice amongst themselves.

Virtual teams can go long stretches only communicating through text, or potentially not communicating at all. Working in an office means you can approach somebody and start a chat. This isn’t so easily replicated online, even with accessible chat programs and video conference solutions like Zoom and Teams.

Building successful virtual teams

Virtual teams need to push that little bit harder to make sure they’re staying in regular contact and not letting physical distance get in the way of collaboration. To build a virtual team that recognises this, you need to work from the ground up to create a culture that respects distance working.

This is similar to building any good workplace culture, but with an important difference: each member of the team must find their own ways to hold that culture to heart even when they’re removed from their colleagues.

When not in a video call, remote workers are essentially by themselves. This isn’t necessarily to say that remote workers can’t call each other to chat whenever they like, but conversation doesn’t happen as organically as being in the same physical workspace.

This is why it’s important that a virtual team is composed of members that each know the worth of their role and feel that they really belong in the team.

Additionally, giving those team members more freedom in how they approach their work can take the pressure off and help stop the feeling of having to ‘prove’ that you’re working despite being remote.

How can Team Academy help?

Workplaces with remote teams don’t need less corporate team building—if anything, they might need more. We can help you build a high-energy, super productive environment around your teams to help them break down barriers, build strong bonds of trust, and really come to know and respect each other on a deep level; team training at it’s finest!

To find out more about our work, from team building to leadership training coursesget in touch with us today!

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