VIRTUAL TEAMS 1
Over the years,the role of virtual teams has continued to increase in the businessenvironment. This can be attributed to the emerging technologies thatare more efficient and the cost-saving mechanisms that improve theprofitability of the firms. Despite the increased use of the virtualteams, some of them have not been as successful as expected. It istherefore, appropriate an adequate framework to achieve the desirableobjectives.
The absence oftrust is one the main barriers to the profitability of virtual team(Lencioni, 2013). This is one of the dysfunctions of a team andaffects the operations of diverse groups in their quest to achievetheir targets. Additional time is required to develop an environmentof cooperation. With a lack of face-to-face communication, it hasbecome relatively difficult to initiate a trust-building procedure.Inattention to results is also likely to affect the focus of thegroups (Lencioni, 2013). Since the major motivation for groups is theachievement of the set targets, failure to pay attention to theresults is likely to derail the efforts of the team.
Variousstrategies can be utilized in ensuring that information overload isavoided (Tobak, 2010). To begin, the team leaders need to make surethat the right quantity of information is passed to the students(Duarte & Snyder, 2013). The tendency of some of the leaders tobombard their employees with extra information has been establishedto be ineffective (Duarte & Snyder, 2013). Additionally, all themeetings to be held must have an objective and be timely to ensurethat the members focus on the primary targets (Tobak, 2010). Thevirtual teams should always encourage and reward accountability amongemployees and develop a problem-solving mechanism (Tobak, 2010).
With mostorganizations utilizing virtual teams to complete their tasks, it isimportant to identify the barriers and deal with them appropriately.Additionally, strategies should be implemented to avoid informationoverload on such teams.
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