Virtual teams expected to grow: Survey

Cost-cutting, mobile approach works in tough times but HR has a few challenges
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/07/2012

Eleven years ago, Gillian Kerr set up a virtual company with no office space and no full-time employees — though she did have some contractors on the payroll. Real World Systems (RWS) did consulting work for the Ontario government, which included work in Qatar.

Face-time is highly valued in the Middle East, said Kerr, who is now a subject matter expert at RWS in Toronto, so she spent most of her days in meetings there. But after hours, she would send all her notes to her team back home — since bringing in skilled talent is so expensive — and by the next day, everything was set up in a document, ready to be presented.

“It was unbelievably efficient,” she said.