Out of Office

How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite Distance

One of the main arguments against Out of Office work is that it creates barriers and obstacles between people connecting with each other. On the surface, it’s hard to argue with that reasoning. After all, how can you create as real a connection with somebody when you only ever interact with them at the other end of a phone line, Skype conference call, or Google Hangout?

The counter-argument is that this might be exactly right! Yes, it might not be possible to create the same sort of human connection as you do when you’re in the same room. But that shouldn’t necessarily mean you can’t create any connection with them at all. Nor does it mean that Out of Office work has other advantages that might – on balance – be more valuable.

There are some things you can do to increase connection in online collaboration, as the Harvard Business Review blog article, “How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite Distance”, outlines:

  1. Setting ground rules for managing virtual communications
  2. Aligning personal and professional goals
  3. Strengthening relationships to enable the candour required for true collaboration

That’s just a summary of the points, and you can read the full article for the details.

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