Virtual teams need human touch

Dispersed workers experience isolation and other challenges
By Jane Hawkrigg
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2007

The popular phenomenon of virtual teaming — the use of work groups whose members may be widely distributed across geographies, time zones and functional categories — has been a major byproduct of the technology boom.

With the availability of cellphones, e-mail, intranets, web-based presentations and video-conferencing, far-flung teams can effortlessly move enormous amounts of information around the world, share documents and collaborate.

Virtual teaming also has other benefits: it allows organizations to combine the specialized talents of valued employees who are not in the same location and it permits a continuous cycle of workflow and feedback.