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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5 Steps to Make Meetings More Effective for Everybody

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Meetings – some people love them, most of us hate them for obvious reasons. As employees, meetings take up valuable time. You sit there, listen to someone talk about a topic that you probably already know about and watch the clock tick your valuable time away – time that should have been spent finishing a report before it hits the deadline. We’ve been there – we sat on that chair, waited for that person who arrived 10 minutes late that eventually led to us closing our work day with tasks still left undone. But meetings don’t have to be that bad.  In fact, there are steps that we can take to make our meetings more efficient and, for the spirit of brevity, quicker!

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How to Spot Burnt Out Employees and 6 Ways to Motivate Them

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We all had it. No matter what role you have – whether you are an employee, a manager, a CEO, a member of a virtual team, or a business owner –  we all had that one breaking point when we just can’t take it all in anymore. We all understand what it feels like to be totally burnt out; it’s like walking your way to the office with charcoals in reds and oranges on the flooring.  Pretty deadly, isn’t it?

In any line of profession – may it be sales, marketing, accounting, or technical support – we all have the tendency to become completely exhausted of work. It is normal, of course, but that doesn’t mean we can just shake it off like Taylor Swift. Kidding aside, when left unnoticed, this highly contagious “motivational killer” can infect an entire workforce without warning. It could derail even the best virtual team and can wreak havoc on even the most enthusiastic, diligent, and intelligent members of your group. A demotivated staff can zap the life out of your troop, cause trouble in your work harmony, and decrease the overall productivity of your organization.

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How to Create a Basecamp To-Do List

Trying to keep up with this fast-paced digital marketing world can be truly exhausting, especially when your to-do list keeps getting longer and longer. Not only does it zap out the fun, it literally leaves you feeling restless for the rest of the day, pushing you to mentally check on your list, and enumerate what’s done and what’s not and who’s working on what. Sometimes, we can’t help but itemize our tasks all over the place, even in the bathroom, in the train station, or before going to bed.

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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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VE People Meets Time Doctor: Yes to Productivity and Time Management

The VE People Team and representatives from different outsourcing companies met with Time Doctor co-founder Liam Martin on an event dubbed as the Time Doctor Meetup.  The event was hosted by the people behind Time Doctor to allow current and prospective clients to get to know the current and upcoming features of the Time Doctor software.

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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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3 Toughest Challenges for Virtual Teams and How to Overcome Them

As the economy keeps evolving over the years, many entrepreneurs have recognized the idea that the term ‘office’ may no longer be your typical physical ground where you normally work 8 long hours dressed in a corporate suit. In the next 10 years or so, employees may find themselves logging into their computers in their pajamas and conducting meetings with people they barely even met in the real world.

As a matter of fact, lots of professionals are starting to find comfort in the virtual setup. Not only do they get to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working at home, they also get to savor the unabated flavor of being productive at their own pace, avoiding traffic, saving time, and earning more. Without any question, outsourcing and virtual staffing have now become our usual everyday terms.

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