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Virtual Team Building - Creating a Team Environment | discoveryourpowerteam.com
 

Virtual Team Success – Create Team Environment

Virtual team member or virtual worker, which do you want working with you in your business? 

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Often I hear comments like, “my virtual assistant is just not taking ownership of her work” or “my online business manager doesn’t seem to truly care, truly understand what I’m all about” or “my graphic designer just up and left, when she got another contract”.  Have you ever experienced this in your business?

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Hiring someone to help you is not just about the task!

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In my opinion outsourcing or hiring someone on contract to do work for you is so much more than just about the task at hand. If you want to build strong long-lasting relationships with your virtual team, you must foster or create a team environment.

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7 Tips for Creating a Team Environment

So how does one foster a team environment, across the miles and over the invisible communication channels such as the internet?  Here are a few tips:

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1. When you bring a new team member on board, take the time to brief them on who you are, what you do, your values, your vision, mission, etc.

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2. Introduce your new team members to the rest of your team via a team meeting (face-t0-face, if feasible). Have each team member share something about their business, what they do and something about their personal lives, hobbies, activities they like to do, etc.

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3. Conduct regular team meetings and encourage participation.  Ensure everyone gets a chance to speak and share their latest accomplishments, upcoming tasks and any challenges they are experiencing, related to working in your business

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4. With your team, agree on the selection and use of a common project management tool, so that everyone can see, at a glance, what everyone is working on and how projects are progressing. 

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5. Involve your team members in brain storming sessions i.e.: ask for their input to determine marketing strategies to launch your next service or product or gain ideas on how to build your list, increase conversions, find speaking opportunities, etc.

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6. Let them know what you are up to…what is coming next, your goals, your priorities and have them identify how they can best support you in achieving the outcomes you desire

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7. Encourage collaboration…if a task requires the involvement of several individuals on your team, make sure roles are clear and encourage them to work directly with each other…without you having to be the middle person. 

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Isolation

In this new world where may of us are working from home, isolation can be a demotivator, an energy drainer.  While we like having our own business, many of us excel when we feel we are part of a bigger whole. 

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Your team members are no different, they need to feel they are part of your company, making a valued contribution and not just someone brought on to complete a series of tasks in isolation. 

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The time and energy you invest in making them feel like they are a true member of your team, will be repaid in spades!

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Other great resources for Virtual Team Success

Fostering a team environment is one of the 5 Keys to building strong long-lasting relationships with your virtual team.  Here are other articles in the 5 Keys to Building Strong Long-Lasting Relationships with your Virtual Team series that might be of interest to you:

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Virtual Teams: 5 Keys to Building Strong Long-Lasting Relationships

Roles and Responsiblities: Make them clear for virtual team success

Expectations – Key to Virtual Team Effectiveness

Business Owners: 5 Tips for Effective 2-Way Communication with your Team

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