The ‘why’ and how’ building virtual teams?

Virtual / Remote Teams

Today, everyone talks about how the work environment shifts. “The future of work” is digital nomadism, freelancing and home office. Indeed, there are expected to be one billion digital nomads by 2035 (watch this video, to get a feel for this change). Many companies switch to home offices, discover they lack the skills to manage their employees remotely, and switch back to physical work spaces. IBM is one example demonstrating how difficult it is to manage a virtual team. The brave and skilled, however, manage to pull it off. Hotjar is a fantastic example and shares some of their learnings and forecasts here.

For you as the founder of your venture, it will be critical to be able to manage a remote team. While you might want to start a physical office later – you will learn in this course whether or not this is the right thing for you – especially when starting off, you will have to motivate your team mates with non-monetary benefits. 

This course is about tipps, tricks, best management practices and academic work on the subject of virtual team building. Afterwards, you’ll feel empowered to increase your team size, lead your team and guide your company to success.

Resources

  • Understanding the significance of a movement can be important. Digital nomads will be a big thing in the future, and I recommend you check out this article on predicting that there will be 1.000.000.000 digital nomads by 2035.
  • Virtual offices don’t always work. This article describes how IBM got all their employees to work from home only to reverse the policy shortly after as one of their biggest HR failures within the last decade.
  • Hotjar, a web analytics company, makes some strong points about working from home in this article.