Why virtual teams suffer from isolation and how to change that

Or: How to kill your co-worker by ignoring Slack messages “One of the surest ways to lower individuals' self-esteem is to reject them.” (Forsyth, Donald Group Dynamics) Imagine: You are on social media, Facebook, Slack, Whatsapp, you call it. You write a message to a contact that is online. The addressed somebody received the message and read it. But then: nothing. Minutes pass, and nothing. The person you texted does not reply to you. How…

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Why being co-located doesn’t make you a successful team

Stop blaming remote workers and storks for bad virtual team management The telecommuters of Yahoo! in 2013 and storks, yes the bird, have something in common. Can you guess what?Let me elaborate a little on this. In 2013 Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! at this time, decided to not further allow teleworking for Yahoo! employees. The email that informed the Yahoo! staff stated: To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will…

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