The burdens of working face to face

Knowledge work no longer requires people to be in the same place at the same time to work as a team.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/21/2003

Just as technology created a global market and changed the working world, so too will it change the way people work in teams. In the process it is likely to dispatch some of our misplaced dependence on face-to-face time.

It is still early days for virtual teamwork, but there are experts who say it is the way of the future. Sure, there are concessions that have to be made: it may take a little longer, and the team definitely loses some of the camaraderie typical of workplace teams, but the upside of reduced travel, improved flexibility and the ability to work with the best possible people in the world regardless of location and organization far outweigh those downsides. Simply put, virtual teamwork means you can save money by no longer having to physically relocate people, while allowing you to tap into the best talent anywhere in the world.

The technical ability to work together as a virtual team already exists and the technology will, of course, only get better.