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Global Learning and Virtual Teams WK3 #InSyncHub @blendedlrnhub

5 Best Practices for Effective Virtual Teams

Working in virtual teams is hard. There are many issues to contend with: managing different time zones, interacting across cultures, dealing with different communication styles, and, of course, the ever-present technical glitches that arise. Read on to learn why virtual collaboration is vitally important and is here to stay.

Global Teams That Work

Managers who lead global teams are up against stiff challenges. Creating successful work groups is hard enough when everyone is local and people share the same office space. But when team members come from different countries and functional backgrounds and are working in different locations, communication can rapidly deteriorate, misunderstanding can ensue, and cooperation can degenerate into distrust. This article shares a framework for bridging social distance in global groups.

National Culture - Hofstede Insights

National Culture Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. This site delves into the six dimensions of national culture based on extensive research.

2016 Survey Report: Trends in Global Virtual Teams

This survey report highlights 2016 Trends in Global Virtual Teams. Respondents have shared their challenges as well as best practices for contributing to global virtual teams. Take some time to explore other resources shared on this site for more insight into working with global virtual teams.

Virtual Presence Guide: Include, Engage, Inspire

Download this guide to discover tips and best practices to making authentic connections with virtual teams, including how to structure virtual meetings for collaboration and inclusion, build relationships with virtual colleagues, and communicate expressively for clarity and engagement.

6 Tips to Make a Global Team Work

Global teams are now the norm with employees from many cultures coming together virtually and physically to work towards a common goal. While many organizations have quickly adopted global working, they have not all necessarily provided the support and training to ensure that global team working actually works. Read on and discover some top tips for making a global team work.

Managing a Geographically Dispersed Team: Achieving Your Goals Together While Apart

Managing a team that's spread out in many locations can present huge challenges, even for the most experienced bosses. How do you ensure that everyone feels they're treated fairly, if you see some team members much more than others? How can you prevent remote team members from feeling isolated? And how do you get all members to buy into the team's objectives and stay on track? This article will help you answer these questions, and offer insight on knowledge and tools necessary to keep a dispersed team unified and motivated.

Designing and Leading Virtual Teams

This is an in-depth research study on how virtual teams have become an important new source of value creation. A bit of a longer read (33 pages), but worthwhile for understanding the role of knowledge exchange and trust in managing successful virtual teams.

Why your Business Needs Social Teams, not Superstars

This article shares examples of how successful companies have identified one of the key features of social connectedness as ‘helpfulness’, the ability for people within the organization to give or receive help. The key is simple; giving people the opportunity to get to know each other socially. How can we use this approach to boost virtual team productivity and levels of employee satisfaction?

Working with Multicultural Virtual Teams: Critical Factors for Facilitation, Satisfaction and Success

This literature review explores how collaborative work comes into being and develops in multicultural virtual teams, the ways to facilitate them and what makes the work in such a team satisfactory and successful.