How to Successfully Manage Virtual Teams
Nearly 40% of global knowledge workers are now considered “anywhere, anytime” workers and an increasing number of us work in different locations than our managers and teams. Managing people and teams you rarely see in person is a reality, yet very few of us are given tactics and tools to be successful.
In conjunction with Fuze, I invited a panel of experts to discuss how managers can foster better employee engagement and performance among remote staff. No boring slides or sales pitches — just unscripted conversation and practical strategies you can start applying right away. I loved being able to watch the four people talking rather than watching an endless array of data slides flashing by on my screen. The sound quality was excellent.
The guests were:
Wayne Turmel, Author, Meet Like You Mean It
Yael Zofi, Author, A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams
Claire Ucovich, Head of People and Culture, Fuze
There is so much offered through this dialogue, here are just a few highlights from the one hour free flowing discussion on mobile management:
- witness how we, as a four person round table, manage and move through our own technical difficulties as we begin
- we will have technical glitches in our work, they are inevitable, what is key is how we respond to, and manage, these glitches
- technology tools are necessary for the job yet only 10% of employees are trained in how to use those tools
- two thirds of people claim online meeting time is wasted
- 80% of people only use 20% of the features of collaboration tools
- learn how work is changing and staying the same
- hash-tags are great tools for remote workers
- how do we foster the human connection in our mobile efforts
- learn about the 3 conflicts in mobile management
- have a people plan, a communication plan, and a risk management plan
- ensure your fuse technology with the human connection while getting deliverables out the door.
- hear about some specific examples of companies who are making good use of mobile tools
- understand why and how we need to move from agents of change to agents of connection
I hosted this dialogue and I have watched the recording twice, it is packed with perspectives, practices, examples, and ideas you can use. This is well worth the 55 minutes it takes to watch and you can always break it up by watching it over a week with five 11-minute periods. Watch now to improve your mobile management and employee engagement.
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and expert who lives in Winnipeg Canada and works throughout the world.