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Does Working Out Of Office Hurt Teamwork?

One of the persistent myths about telecommuting is that teamwork suffers when team members work remotely. However, recent research finds that the key factors influencing successful teams have little to do with the proximity of team members. Ashley Speagle summarizes the science of successful teams:

  • team members demonstrate a shared trust, purpose and understanding of team norms and mental processes
  • team dynamics are built on a foundation of team building exercises, non-work communication, diversity and social sensitivity
  • team members contribute equally and collectively score highly in reading emotions

The key message is that none of the features of successful teamwork is determined by whether workers are distributed or co-located.

Read the full article on the 1M4WF blog.

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