Special Considerations for Building Virtual Teams

Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Projects managers, directors and executives face unique opportunities - and challenges - in building virtual teams. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to some special considerations leaders should remember in virtual work environments.

Virtually Employed

It's time for Joe to hire more employees for his online startup. Since he has a very small physical space for an office, it only makes sense for him to consider growing his organization through a virtual team, employees of an organization who work together, but remotely, from outside a traditional office location.

Many years ago, virtual teams were unheard of, with workers trudging off to the office for their 9-to-5 jobs. Today, employees of the same company may be in different cities, time zones or even countries. Virtual workers, sometimes called remote workers or telecommuters, have grown in popularity by 115 percent in the past 10 years. Today, nearly four million U.S. workers utilize a home office for at least half of their working hours.

As Joe knows, the idea of working inside of a virtual team is appealing because it saves money in the form of reduced overhead and opens the door for the most skilled applicants from any corner of the world. Now that Joe is ready to grow his workforce, there are certain things he needs to consider in continuing to build a successful virtual team.

Special Considerations for Virtual Teams

Since building the best virtual team can be tricky, let's look at some areas Joe needs to give special attention to.

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