When you're managing virtual teams, the key to success is understanding what the difference is between "virtual"real" team members. You can find out how to use "virtual" in your training for your team members and get them used to a virtual team environment, but how do you train them so that they can get used to the idea of a real team environment?
The most important thing to remember when managing virtual teams is that it's not the same as managing a real team. A virtual team has its own unique team culture and expectations, and this needs to be understood in the training for your team members.
One of the best ways to get your team members used to a virtual team is to create an environment that's as much like a traditional team as you can. A virtual team consists of one person; the leader is called a team leader, and the team members are called team members. Each team member can have his or her own virtual personality, just as he or she would in a real team. The leader can choose the virtual personality of each team member to get him or her used to the idea of a virtual team.
To make the virtual team feel more like a traditional team, let the team leader have virtual team members. As a leader, you choose one or two team members to represent your team on a virtual team. Team members can play a variety of roles in your team; some team members are virtual "captains," and others are virtual "lieutenants." Each team member can play a role, so that the team feels as if it has an equal number of virtual people as it actually does. Team members can choose how many virtual people they want to play on a virtual team.
To make sure that the team members have an idea of the culture of the virtual team, you'll want to give your team members an opportunity to get to know each other. Each team member can invite a few team members to become a virtual team member. Once you get them to know each other, each member is able to give feedback to the virtual team leader on his or her virtual team experience. The team leader can then get feedback from each team member and make improvements to the team's virtual team experience. This is one way to make sure that your team is ready for the real team environment.
In your training, you can help your team members get used to having a leader on the team who is not a virtual team member. This virtual leader can be a real leader, but not actually part of the team. You can help your team members become accustomed to having a leader who can be seen as a real team member so that they have a sense of continuity with the team. Once they're used to a virtual leader, they'll be used to a leader who can be seen as a real team leader.
When you're managing virtual teams, you'll want to make sure that your team members get to know each other. By having virtual team members, it can be difficult to develop team members-to-be who have never met the team leader. To help your team members build a sense of trust in each other, you'll need to create a virtual team bond by allowing them to get to know each other through role-playing.
Another important thing to remember when managing virtual teams is that you need to keep your team members on-task. If you keep your team members on-task and on task, they'll be less likely to be distracted by what's going on with the rest of the team. If you keep your team members on-task, you'll have less trouble managing team members that are easily distracted. If you keep your team members on-task, they'll be less likely to be distracted by what's going on with the team as a whole. By having virtual team members, you'll be able to manage your virtual team members better and ensure that they are more successful as a group.