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Functioning Effectively in Virtual Teams

 

 How can you effectively contribute to virtual teams, regardless of your role? 

Operate with clear, simple and written processes 

Establish and maintain communication protocols 

Meet together at least once each week, ideally using video and voice 

Show that you care about the people involved 

Show that you care about the project. 

Be sensitive to tone when writing to others. 

Choose a subdued and charitable tone to express dissatisfaction.

Adapted from How to Build Trust with Remote Employees by Hickman & Fredstrom; Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams by Hill & Bartol; Leading Virtual Teams by Lipnack & Stamps; and, Managing Virtual Teams by Leigh Thompson.

 

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