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Part I: Introduction > Virtual Teams: Benefits and Barriers

Chapter 3. Virtual Teams: Benefits and Barriers

Nothing is perfect. Whether virtual teaming will work for your organization— and to what extent—depends on the individuals in your team and the type of work you are doing. This chart describes some of the benefits and barriers you and your team members may experience. Consider these issues and discuss them as a group. Ask individual team members to check ( ) their top three most motivating benefits and their three barriers. Combine input from all team members to begin a discussion to leverage the benefits people are most excited about and to address their greatest barriers. It is important to recognize the benefits as well as the barriers that may influence you and your work.


Benefits Barriers
Flexibility in balancing personal and professional life Work may occur outside normal business hours
Cost savings on central office space Limited opportunity for daily interactions
Work goes where the employee goes Less focus and more distractions
Quick information gathering technology using technology Greater investment in (training, equipment, support)
“Just in time” feedback Increased difficulty for leaders/managers to motivate employees
Shared accountability with team members More difficult to establish team spirit



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