For entirely virtual teams, the benefits of virtual meeting software are obvious, but why does your team need it when you work together in the same building?
The secret to creating a successful team is building a culture of teamwork. Collaborative values, tools, places to meet and forums to share information in real time are the framework.
However, when employees occasionally work from home, travel and work on the go, your go-to collaboration routines in the office may not support these workstyles, halting teamwork. So to keep your team happy and productive, you need digital tools and tactics to keep the engine moving.
Nurturing Teamwork with Virtual Collaboration
Ongoing collaboration, information sharing and group problem solving are crucial for team cohesion and made possible by implementing tools for support, like virtual meeting software. No matter where your team is — at home, on a plane, across the Atlantic — you have the ability to bring everyone together for real-time collaboration.
Virtual meetings help you maintain your regularly scheduled meetings even when everyone can’t be in the room together. You’ll also be able to quickly schedule impromptu meetings, like ad hoc brainstorming, instead of searching for last-minute conference rooms.
In addition, virtual meeting software lets your team meet with stakeholders that may be outside your vicinity. Without physical limitations, your team can pitch ideas to your out-of-country branch, dig for insights from another department or link up for cross-functional projects, thereby extending your team’s presence within the organization.
As an added bonus, virtual meeting software helps your team mix up boring meetings to keep everyone engaged and productive. Use it as a place to share wins and losses or test out virtual team building activities.
Teamwork’s Resiliency in the Shifting Workplace
The workplace is changing. Workers now telecommute, organizations are more distributed and Millennials are shaping new work cultures.
Despite these transformative trends, collaboration remains critical to the success of teams. The increasing trend of working apart allows employees to tap into newfound productivity, but working together to combine ideas still produces greater levels of engagement and innovation. That innovation is the new way businesses compete.
And while many workers thrive on productive, focused environments that telecommuting affords, 62 percent of workers also find it isolating when face-to-face contact is absent, according to an Ipsos/Reuters poll.
Plus, even though Millennials are digital natives, they don’t just want to work alone behind a screen. They still prefer a collaborative work culture – 88 percent, in fact, according to Intelligence Group studies.
Teamwork and collaboration still matter. They just happen in different ways now.
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