Working with distributed teams

In the era of virtual reality and ubiquitous computing, it is no surprise that more and more companies are going virtual when it comes to teamwork too. Geographically distributed teams hold many advantages, but the transition from working in brick and mortar offices to the virtual desk brings some challenges. Here are some things to consider when setting up distributed teams.

Text by Eva Reiterer


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Distributed teams come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, so generalizing is difficult. However, they tend to share the same advantages:

Tapping into the global talent pool. Establishing distributed teams in your company will allow you to hire the best talents from around the world, no matter if they come from a different part of your country or from another continent. So-called digital nomads, people looking exclusively for remote work, have become quite common.

Happy employees. Enabling your employees to work from home, or indeed from wherever they want, allows for a much greater work-life balance. With reduced or no commuting, your remote workers will have more time to spend with their loved ones, and more time to follow a healthy lifestyle, the benefits of which are obvious.

Saving on overheads. Distributed teams are a particular advantage for start-ups as they involve the lowest ...