It’s amazing to see the correlation between the rise in remote work and the growth in virtual teams around the world. A survey even shows that 77% of American adults feel that online meeting is on the rise. When companies are in a boot-strapping mode so they can meet their business goals, just how can teams that are spread out geographically collaborate like they do in real-time? Of course, online collaboration saves a lot on travel time and transportation cost, not to mention that participants are more focused meeting online than offline. Even after years of working with virtual teams, I still face daily challenges in managing it and having an open mind is just a start. The real question is: How can you make your process work?
When Real-Time Performance Feedback Counts
If you’re working with people across different culture, you know that having a global mindset is the key to making everyone work seamlessly together. Having a common language is not really enough. You have to combine communication tools with real-time feedback to your team so they can learn and improve faster. Most often, feedback come in a little too late and people end up with disagreements. To engage your virtual workers, you have to give constant feedback that will encourage good habits and practices. Thanks to online conferencing tools and social networks, this is not an impossible task. I’m using Yammer to share constant updates with my team, to keep a friendly and healthy discussion, or when I need to implement a quick change. Think of it as having your own knights-of-the-round-table in a click. Slipping out a note of appreciation can work wonders too and yet, how many of us have sent a thank you note lately? Call it your digital pat on the back and it’s time-tested to boost your workers’ morale, no matter how far they are.
Keeping the “I” in Agile
I.. for innovation, that is! Just how can you mix quality time with real-time connectivity? And if you can, will you create a synergy that will help bring you closer to your goals? Creating a real-time feedback loop is a serious game that demands business agility, where people can excel at their skills. Still, there are some who say that the Agile process is anti-innovation. This can be true though if your user stories are not based on real scenarios that your business face. The problem with online collaboration comes in when there are more than two users/players in the scene and most often, too much time is wasted on talking about things that are not related to the issue at hand. To learn faster and come up with effective solutions of getting things done will require not only abstract thinking in a technological perspective, but innovative minds as well. If you are transparent with your team about your plans and processes, you open the door to making better decisions for your business.
Revamping Your Business Process Management
With globalization, the demand to accelerate business processes to come up with real-time solutions is becoming a necessity. In the name of growing a brand’s recognition and business profit, organizations will have to learn how to synergize by getting rid of information anxiety and empowering their team at all levels. It will all come down to managing IT, the people.. and maximizing business value where tech is concerned. These days, the fast will beat big and everyone will be forced to innovate. Doing business in real time may simply mean alignment of strategies and performance feedback from day-to-day… and responding quickly to change.
Are you ready to empower your team?