Harvard Business Review identified critical challenges of remote work and virtual teams, then provided ways for managers to solve them

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How to Prepare Your Virtual Teams for the Long Haul

Addressing Remote Work Challenges – Harvard Business Review identified critical challenges of remote work and virtual teams, then provided ways for managers to solve them

Summary:

Harvard Business Review shared advice how to deal with challenges that could arise from remote work and virtual teams. Some include:
  • Identify Problems – Find issues and warning signs such as lack of clarity of mission, inconsistency in norms, deficient psychological safety and identity, unclear roles, and unstable membership in teams
  • Prioritize Alignment and Team Dynamics – Check issues related to tasks whether they are still aligned to current reality, and evaluate team culture and teamwork dynamics
  • Address Critical Issues – Prioritize attending to employees’ emotional or physical distress, assess significance and efficiency of teams, establish psychological safety for questions and concerns, and reduce membership in multiple teams whenever possible
  • Establish Long-Term Outlook – Shift focus to team health through ongoing attention and preventative care, laying foundations to avoid relapses, and identifying issues early to prevent them from becoming big in future
For more information, visit https://hbr.org/2020/05/how-to-prepare-your-virtual-teams-for-the-long-haul
Company: Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Categories: Business operations, General management, People and culture, Remote work

Original publication date: May 22, 2020

Date last updated: June 4, 2020