The U.S. mobile workforce has increased by nearly 80 percent between 2005 and 2012. We investigate the best practices of successful remote teams, as well as how they use online project management (PM) software.
Though the sample size on their survey was small (n=150) the results are none-the-less interesting. BaseCamp is by far the leading PM software used by regular remote workers (2 or more days a week).
Fascinating article on why some teams outperform others. Guess what? The answer is the same for virtual and co-located teams.
It’s about listening, empathy and having more women.
What I find most interesting is that the success factors were the sam regardless of whether the teams were face to face or virtual. Emotional intelligence, the ability to read others' emotions, plays an important role even when the team members could not see each other.
Women seem to be naturally better at this than men, hence the number of women on a team increases success.
Managing virtual teams is different from managing teams that sit in an office together, which means they require new ways to communicate and bond.
I've been saying this for years. I simply have not seen any good evidence that face to face interaction makes for better teams, creativity, or innovation. The key is having a base of trust between virtual collaborators.
"We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe."
The news about too much sitting just keeps getting worse: organ damage, cancer, bone damage...the list goes on.
Finally there are real recommendations for how long we should sit and stand in the office.
Inactivity is the second most costly risk factor for employers (behind obesity). This article indicates it kills more people than HIV!