As an exercise, we used Google to search responses to the phrase “Do virtual teams work?” The number of hits exceeded five million, but, again as an exercise, we clicked on the first. It was from Daily Finance.com. Here is the thesis paragraph.
As the trend of virtual teams spreads, it could be reducing the effectiveness of the global workforce. After all, communication problems reduce productivity, says Charlene Solomon, executive vice president of RW3 and co-author of the report. And, as she puts it: “The challenge of communicating is exponentially more difficult when you remove the ability to see someone.”
How bad is it? Only 60% of the 1,592 respondents who filled out the survey, which RW3 sent to more than 28,000 randomly selected employees of multinational corporations around the world, considered their teams to be successful or very successful. That stunned Michael Schell, chief executive of RW3 and co-author of the report. “There is no place in the business world where 60% is good enough,” he says.
By our unit of measure, the majority of respondents are stuck between the Storming and Norming stages. Not good. So, it begs the question, but we feel obliged to ask, How successful is your team? Would an objective evaluation of your team’s performance be helpful? If “Yes,” send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. By the way, the complete article is here.