Here are a few data points:
· 56% of hiring managers expect that virtual teaming will steadily or greatly increase in their company
· 61% said their company will allow more people to telecommute or work from home in the next 3 years
In terms of the challenges faced by virtual team managers:
· 57% said building trust among employees
· 49% said communicating effectively
· 43% said managing projects and deadlines with employees not physically present
To be effective, virtual workers need:
· 61% said solid communication skills
· 53% said an ability to self-pace and work independently
· 51% said taking accountability for their own work
The primary motivations for the increase in virtual teaming and working are:
· 61% said cost containment
· 59% said recruitmentWhile the majority of leaders and managers believe that virtual working will increase, it tends to be seen as a ‘necessary evil’. Many see virtual collaboration as a barrier to worker accountability, creativity, and innovation.
Whenever I hear the term ‘necessary evil’ in business it usually means there is too much management (push) and not enough leadership (pull). Do we have to wait for a new generation to trigger a management revolution?