Virtual teams have a promising future in organizations seeking to leverage the strengths of their globally dispersed workforces. Successful virtual teams can increase productivity, lower operating costs and speed the time to market. Virtual team member and leaders, however, face unique challenges when compared with conventional work teams. HR and talent management professionals can foster the success of virtual teams in their organizations by:
- Participating in the selection process of virtual team members and leaders by assessing virtual team fit.
- Ensuring the selection of virtual leaders who possess the right combination of communication skills and business acumen.
- Offering training programs designed to keep virtual teams up-to-date with the appropriate technology and to fill identified skill gaps.