October 2012
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Team Relationships, Time Differences Are Hampering Virtual Teams

Friday, October 12, 2012

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."


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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