Graphic Design By Allison Whittington
Working online is the way of the future. A virtual team communicates through devices such as Skype, Google Plus, email, and phone calls. Interns finish and turn in their assignment with just the touch of a button. Your virtual company is almost entirely run by an invisible invention known as WI-Fi. Do you ever wonder if there is a downside to this wonderful world of technology? A virtual team, like any team, can lose its fire when communication gets lost in the chaos. Thankfully, there is a roadmap to keep you and your team of interns on track in case any obstacles or roadblocks come your way.
The Drexler/Sibbet Model is a team performance process model that is divided into seven easy-to-follow steps. We are going to look at each one then explain why they play such a vital role in the virtual working world and how you can use them to help your team become more productive.
5. WHO DOES WHAT, WHEN, AND WHERE?
After you have established your team’s level of commitment to you and your work, you can move on to the essential implementation step. All of the previous steps were setting the fundamental groundwork for this one. Now you can finally put your plans into action! This will allow you to create clear processes and disciplined executions which will, in turn, give you amazing results. Once everyone knows what they need to do, you can let them loose to work on their tasks, because the first four steps in this model helped you gain the trust you need to let them work without you. All of this will ensure that your team does their very best and always stays productive.
If you want more information on how to make your virtual team more productive go to Mark Robotham’s article, “7 Stages of Developing a High Performance Team.”