Distributed Team Membership – The New Normal

Management

4304 | Length: 1/2 day | Credits: 0.5 PDUs | Talent Triangle – Leadership

Overview

One thing is for certain, teamwork has changed. No longer are groups of people necessarily gathering at in-person meetings or enjoying in-person interactions. Now, a team is more likely distributed across locations, with many working from home and some are still required at the workplace. This evolution of how teams are working together is here to stay.

The term “Distributed Teams” refers to teams comprised of members working remotely or physically apart from each other and others who may be co-located; yet all still have a responsibility to communicate and coordinate their work with their co-workers. Distributed teams are part of the changing way organizations and corporations are delivering services today. 

Technology is enhancing mobility and efficiency more than ever. This means many, but not all, team roles are able to work remotely rather than fixed to a location. This new context and increased complexity of how and where we work brings challenges and opportunities for team development, including a changing team culture and group dynamics. The principles of cooperation and performance management still exist but are experienced differently. Team members still deal with the usual workload and, in addition, may face significant communication, motivational, and organizational issues. Diversely located team members must realign their thinking and actions to work effectively together to deliver excellent service.​​

During this half-day virtual workshop, communication and team-building issues of effective distributed teams are reviewed. Strategies, tools, and techniques are practiced that will help individuals explore the complex aspects of distributed teams, change, and team membership to create a more effective and dynamic distributed team work ethic. Participants will reflect on their changing context and apply concepts to thrive in the “new normal” at work.

Objectives & Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Identify the challenges & benefits of working in distributed teams
  • Apply concepts of the change journey to understand how distributed team dynamics, communication, conflict and performance are impacted
  • Apply communication, accountability and connection practices to support team success.
  • Identify team membership techniques to increase personal motivation and engagement
  • Identify opportunities for personal and team growth using the strands of team culture

Who Should Participate?

This course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Leading or about to lead a team across geographical boundaries.
  • Considering implementing virtual teams in their organization and would like to be prepared for the advantages and disadvantages of such team structures.

Content Outline

PART ONE:

Introduction

  • Defining the types of teams
  • Identifying the impacts of changing to remote work
  • Indicators of Effective Team Membership 
  • Understanding Team Culture

Individuals in a Distributed Team

  • Individual Motivation
  • Building blocks to Individual Success on a Distributed Team
  • Team Agreements: Purpose, Goals, Objectives
  • Leveraging Technologies 
  • Challenges of Remote Work

PART TWO: 

Participating on a Distributed Team

  • Team Member Success:  Accountability, Connection
  • Supporting Clear Communication 
  • Monitoring Personal Performance 
  • Maintaining Engagement & Connection