Working remotely rises in the workplace

The internet has brought many capabilities to the workplace, from email to social media marketing, but one such opportunity has been for employees to work remotely – a change that has come as both a delight and challenge to employees and businesses.

As many companies continue to allow their employees to work remotely, the importance of virtual productivity has become increasingly important. Although, according to a study by RW3, an intercultural communication training organization, while 87 percent of white collar employees work remotely, only 16 percent received any training to prepare them for the trappings and obstacles that may come from this modern workplace opportunity.

Many of these challenges come from how, oftentimes, teams of employees may need to meet face-to-face in order to accomplish tasks. But, when these virtual team members get together, the decision making process can be compromised.

"The rapid pace of globalization and the growing number of collaborative software solutions have enabled virtual work, and the demand for skills from around the world have made it a necessity, but virtual teamwork is not intuitive," said Michael Shell, CEO of RW3. "It's about time we recognize the human side of the equation."

According to the survey, nearly 41 percent of virtual team members have never met their colleagues face-to-face. Furthermore, according to 73 percent of respondents, this lack of familiarity has become a major concern – as well as slow decision making, lack of participation in group meetings and a compromised method of executive judgements.

If companies wish to their employees who are spending most of their time working remotely, an online training software or web based training may be the best option for them to to handle the challenges associated with this virtual method of work. 

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