The Future of Work Online Collaboration Discussion
What are your thoughts regarding the virtual factors of geography, electronic communication, and culture?
What are your experiences with any/all of these factors? Include both positive and negative experiences related to each. How would you address the negative experiences in the future, or how could they have been handled differently?
Here are my thoughts regarding virtual factors cover geography, electronic communication, and culture.
Geography whether in-house or distance locations exist, internal or external factors arise all the time. From participation or bonding, inclusion exists a priority for any leader and effective team. Appreciating experience, skills as well as time zone awareness is a useful factor. Early bonding exercises helped break the ice in my experience.
Electronic communication factor, from the text over 70 percent of people report half their communications exist electronically. Text alone remains not always reflective of the tone or personal connectivity. Selective usage of images (emoji) helps add to communications. A bad placed image can kill a relationship.
Furthermore, the culture within the team, the company and external parties is a priority. Managing conflict, whether direct or implied can be costly within the team. No action killed a project for me.
In summary, the practice of collaborative tools relies on trust, co-operation including sharing, and a willingness to work together to complete a project on time.
Collaboration Tools for Project Managers: How to choose, get started and collaborate with technology Kindle Edition
Chapter 1: Why We Are Leaving Behind Old Working Practices
Chapter 2: Online Collaboration: The New Normal
Chapter 14: Conclusions: The Future of Work