Top Challenges of Managing a Virtual Team

Top Challenges of Managing a Virtual Team

Top Challenges of Managing a Virtual TeamTop Challenges of Managing a Virtual Team

Global virtual teams add plenty of value to projects, but the challenges of managing a group of global professionals are unique.

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Survey respondents say that 85% of their organization’s employees serve on global virtual teams, and nearly 20% of these employees spend more than half of their day interacting with team members.

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22% of survey respondents participate on at least four global, virtual teams.

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85% said virtual teamwork is critical to their productivity, with 54% indicating it is “extremely” critical.

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79% said their virtual team capitalizes on its cultural diversity, with 21% indicating this statement is “extremely” true.

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Only 28% said their virtual teams have a charter for high performance.

Under-EducatedUnder-Educated

Just 22% have received training to increase productivity while serving on a virtual team.

Top Top “Extremely Beneficial” Forms of Communications Among Virtual Team Members

Regular face-to-face meetings: 51%, Video-conferencing: 37%, Conference calls: 34%

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37% of survey respondents use online meeting platforms at least half of the time.

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41% said they never meet their virtual team members in person, and 28% said they do so only once a year.

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51% said a lack of face-to-face contact with team members makes it challenging to understand the full context of what people are communicating, and 48% said it can make it difficult to manage conflict.

Remote Issues, Part IIRemote Issues, Part II

45% said a lack of face-to-face contact with team members makes it challenging to establish trust and build relationships, while 39% said it makes it hard to have an effective dialogue.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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