Virtual Teams: Is it a Blessing or a Curse in Productivity?


Over the last decade the “geography of the workplace” has shifted dramatically. Today’s workforce has become more mobile than ever, and every day, more and more people are working from virtual offices, client sites, home offices, coffee shops, airports, hotels, and any number of remote workplaces.

In the US alone, 20% of the adult working population (26.2 million) in 2010 were teleworkers . It has also been reported that there has been an 80% increase in “telecommunicating” employees from 2005 to 2012.

Why this enormous rise, you ask?

It’s because not only do remote teams allow businesses to reduce costs and recruit talent more efficiently, but they also increase productivity and even worker engagement. In fact, a 2009 Aon Consulting report.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that transitioning to a fully “virtual team” is totally without risk or challenges.  Virtual teams can also be very hard to get right. When team members lack the ability to interact face-to-face, it can be difficult to build trust and to manage conflict. Communication is also often more challenging, particularly among global virtual teams, making it more difficult to overcome cultural barriers, which, in turn, can greatly impact your virtual team’s effectiveness.

So what can you do to maximize the productivity of your virtual team?

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What Type of Outsourcing Need Fits You?

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Every businessman sees outsourcing as a channel for growth and as a means to reduce operational costs. While some companies do not necessarily need outsourcing help within the BPO industry, others may rely to service providers for the most part of their businesses. In this sense, outsourcing most business functions or operations to places where labor is much cheaper has been proven truly critical. There are several types of services that can be outsourced depending on the nature and size of the business involved. Here are the top services you can outsource.

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Features of Basecamp You Probably Have Not Used (But Should)

Managing a particular project requires commitment and hardcore dedication. Every project manager is aware that a project’s success depends largely on many indefinite factors such as time, resources, people, and unforeseen circumstances. The kickoff may appear slick but just like a river that may rush in anger, as long as the project is running, it will always be susceptible to rough waters.

That is why in order to become an effective manager, you should know the right strategies that can nail your project down to perfection. A great leader knows when to challenge the tide and when to ride along the wave. One of the many considerations you ought to take is investing on a reliable project management tool. Not only does it help you keep track of what’s going on, it allows you to drive better focus and keep your goals in check. However, not all of these self-proclaimed tools prove to be as useful as expected. Some you may find confusing, some may be too much or too less for your project. But if you can find the right formula in leading projects triumphantly, then you are in for win!

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How to Review Time Doctor Screenshots

Can you just imagine how challenging it would be to monitor your team’s productivity when you are managing a virtual workforce? Without a doubt, it is one of the hardest parts of having to manage a virtual team.

Thanks to new time-tracking software applications, many employers are now at ease with their virtual teams. Not only does this type of software helps in establishing trust among your work pool, it also serves as a reliable tool in checking how your staff are doing, how far they are with their tasks, and what hurdles they are facing along the line. Your job as an employer or manager is not limited to checking and making sure they are on time and kicking in, but also extends far beyond the responsibilities of being just a checker. You are the guide, the light, and the motivator to push the staff forward. Doing so can be quite difficult without checking your staff’s screenshots. Most time-tracking tools, if not all, already have this feature embedded in their system.

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How to Set Up Time Doctor

Worrying about time management?

With Time Doctor, there is always enough time.

If you are a traditional employer, chances are, you might still be one of those entrepreneurs using a manual or printed timesheet version meant to track their employees’ working time. Not that it is no longer considered conventional, it’s just that modern time-tracking softwares have emerged to provide employers an effective and a hassle-free monitoring facility.

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Outsourcing in Motion: Top 5 Jobs Being Outsourced

In one way or another, anyone who has tried calling the customer service hotline of a big company may have encountered a foreign accent from the other line. In the early 2000s, the rising demands of agent positions led large corporations to move their customer service functions overseas. Not only was this a smart strategy for them in terms of saving costs, it was their kind of lifesaver – improved innovation, enhanced resources, easier call volume management, and reduced staffing issues – all of these may not have been possible without the transfer of this particular business function to a third-party service provider.

This is what we call outsourcing. It is clearly defined as the transposition of a specialized task within your business to another service provider with the expectation of them fulfilling the job and using their own resources to complete it.

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Here is a Great EOD Reporting Template

Onboarding a new staff member may feel like a roller coaster ride in the first few days – full of jittery reactions and a mixture of pleasure, excitement, worries and anxiousness. To the employee, it is like going over his first steps in elementary school where he learns one lesson at a time. To the manager, it is like guiding an exchange student with school policies and student responsibilities while making sure the newbie feels welcomed and motivated.

As the new employee gets more and more familiar with his working environment, his need for guidance becomes lesser. At some point, the staff may lose grip of his drive and the chemistry for his work may falter.  It is, therefore, a manager’s duty to keep the momentum over time.

For the manager, it is not easy to oversee everyone’s progress within the team. The challenge even becomes tougher as other factors start to bob up. If managing is hard, just imagine how harder it would be if you are handling a team you don’t see face to face. How then, would you be able to keep an eye on your team?

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Outsourcing the Right Way: Understanding the Pros and Cons

If you google the term outsourcing, you will probably find yourself overwhelmed with thousands of write-ups, commentaries, and blogs on the subject. The truth is, outsourcing has already become a widely used arrangement between companies to companies and its effects are now felt on a global scale. Not only does it affect our worldwide economy, it also initiates a cosmic change to how we work and interact within the market.

Outsourcing is usually undertaken by organizations in pursuit of cutting costs without compromising quality. When some of the business aspects can no longer be handled by an organization, they are allocated to a third-party vendor who are then expected to complete the process and maintain the standards of the mother organization.

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