How to Help Virtual Teams Create Authentic Connections
Stronger virtual teams start with authentic connections
It’s no secret—technology is changing the way modern businesses operate. Collaborative, real-time communication tools are empowering teams to work across continents and time zones, allowing for the rise of a virtual workforce. As we enter into a new era of business, often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business and HR leaders are searching for ways to effectively drive team innovation and performance while adapting to this quickly shifting business environment.
The facts on virtual teams
- According to Global Workplace Analytics’ research, “50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency.”
- In that same study, between 80 and 90% of respondents claimed that they would like to telework on a part time basis.
- According to Gartner, “by 2020, organizations that support a choose your own workstyle (CYOW) culture will boost employee retention rates by more than 10%.”
Why this matters for your bottom line
In “The Cost of Poor Communications”, David Grossman surveyed 400 companies with 100,000 employees who cited “an average loss per company of $62.4 million per year because of inadequate communication to and between employees.” In an increasingly virtual environment where face-to-face interactions are rare and key pieces of information are lost in translation, the stakes become even higher.
To survive this inevitable shift, business leaders must find a way to empower virtual teams to step out of their silos and into this ever-evolving, cross-functional business landscape. Virtual teams must prioritize strong relationships and authentic connections to serve as a foundation for successful virtual collaboration.
How Ariel can help
At Ariel, we are often approached by organizations struggling to connect their global workforce or engage their virtual teams. Common symptoms include unproductive meetings, failed collaborations, and unengaged employees. The answer?
Virtual presence: the ability to authentically connect with your virtual audience so that they feel included, engaged, and inspired.
By empowering your leaders, managers, and professionals to develop virtual presence, you’ll align your global teams and successfully bridge this virtual divide. Explore our Virtual Presence program or download our free eBook, “Virtual Presence: How to Help Virtual Teams Create Authentic Connections.” Get ready to explore this shift in the modern business landscape, uncover best practices for effective virtual communication, and discover actionable solutions for building the best virtual teams.