Virtual workers and virtual teams are an essential part of today’s workforce. More than ever, people are using technology to work anywhere, anytime.
There are big benefits to today’s virtual workplace, but there can be big challenges, too. This course will teach managers and supervisors how to prepare employees for the virtual workplace, create telework programs, build virtual teams, leverage technology, and overcome cultural barriers.
What Topics are Covered?
Defining the virtual workplace
Creating virtual workplace programs
Technology tips and tricks
Building virtual teams
Leading virtual team meetings
Working with cross-cultural teams
Virtual leadership strategies
What Students Learn
This workshop will help you teach participants how to:
o Create a virtual workplace strategy
o Develop, implement, and maintain telecommuting programs
o Build a virtual team and lead them to success
o Plan and lead virtual meetings
o Use technology to support a virtual workplace
o Overcome cultural barriers when leading virtual teams
o Develop their virtual leadership skills
Defining the Virtual Workplace
To begin the course, participants will learn some terms related to the virtual workplace. Participants will also explore some advantages and disadvantages that the virtual workplace can have.
Creating Virtual Workplace Programs
This session will provide a list of elements to include in a virtual workplace strategy. Setting employees up for telework and tips for managing performance will also be covered.
Technology Tips and Tricks
Next, participants will consider what tools they can incorporate into their virtual workplace program.
Building Virtual Teams
In this session, participants will learn about Tuckman and Jensen’s five stages of team development and how they apply to virtual teams. They will also learn how to choose a virtual team and ways to ensure its success.
Leading Virtual Team Meetings
This session will give participants some guidelines for scheduling and conducting team meetings. They will also have an opportunity to practice a virtual team meeting.
Working with Cross-Cultural Teams
Next, participants will learn how to overcome cultural barriers in virtual teams.
Virtual Leadership Strategies
To wrap up the course, participants will share their favourite virtual leadership techniques. We will also share some ideas of our own.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to fill out an action plan.