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October 2012
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Team Relationships, Time Differences Are Hampering Virtual Teams

Increasingly more organizations are embracing the use of virtual teams. According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), nearly one-half, or 46 percent, of organizations surveyed use virtual teams. So how are they faring?

"When virtual teams work, their productivity can be impressive, but getting them to function can be a challenge," says Evren Esen, manager of SHRM's survey research center. "Improved technology may help facilitate the use of virtual teams."

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According to responses from 379 randomly selected HR professionals, the most common obstacles preventing virtual team success include the following.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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