The personalities that benefit most from remote work
Virtual teamwork places greater emphasis on communication and organization.
Over the short-term, newly formed virtual teams experience more negative outcomes, such as team conflict, lower satisfaction, less knowledge sharing, and poorer performance. But, they will adapt and improve over time.
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Workers around the globe have been forced to take on the promise and challenges of virtual teamwork.
Many people are more used to working in person and haven't had the opportunity to prepare for a productive virtual working culture. Getting into a rhythm of remote working with a team can be challenging, especially with many different personalities and aptitudes.
At an individual level, some people will find it easier to adapt than others.
Some initial findings suggest that adapting to virtual collaboration may be changing our personalities.
There are established ways to cultivate positive team cultures, even virtually.
The aim of stand-up meetings, informal virtual chats, and other new routines is to help people feel they are part of a team, which will increase mutual trust - a hallmark of a high-functioning team.
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