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Many virtual teams don’t have the luxury of meeting in person. So, can remote teams build a rapport from a distance? Can they build team cohesion comparable to teams working in the same office? Can organizations develop a culture that unifies and motivates remote teams?
Even the greatest challenges can be overcome with effective team communication. Team members need to know what each other is doing and be able to effectively share information. However, the challenges
when working in flexible teams may be different. For example, what does an “open door policy” mean in flexible and remote teams? Does it mean that you can Skype your team leader at all time or does it
refer to email? Also, how do you address the challenges of building team cohesion and building rapport among team members?
Remember the trust fall scene in the 2004 comedy classic, “Mean Girls” where Miss Norbury (Tina Fey) holds a rally for the students to apologize for their wrong doings? After each girl apologizes, she falls backwards into a crowd of students as a symbol of trust. Wouldn’t it be cool if your team could trust YOU when they fall?