Enterprise Security Leadership: Managing Virtual Teams
In this session, Vishal Gupta, Global CTO and SVP of Technology at Unisys, and Edward Amoroso, CEO of Tag Cyber, go over the highs and lows of virtual teams, what they require to be successful, and common pitfalls of mismanagement.
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In this Managing Virtual Teams course you will learn the advantages and challenges of virtual teams, how to make them successful, and provide them with management tips.
Why are Virtual Teams Important?
In 2019, the world never predicted how necessary virtual teams would become. However, the year 2020 taught us, against the current COVID-19 pandemic, was that work teams and managers need to have a strategy for communicating digitally. Also, recognizing that company leaders must adapt and be able to manage their remote teams and meetings effectively. Without virtual teams, COVID-19 would have caused even more problems. Using virtual teams for both work and school environments has helped save the education and the livelihood of many people. As important as it has become to work virtually on a team, its team leaders must know how to manage them.
What Does the Managing Virtual Teams Course Cover?
Managing a virtual team can be one of the most challenging tasks in the business today. As a result, many virtual teams fail to be productive, effective, and efficient. To be successful, those leaders of virtual teams have to be prepared to manage their team members remotely using effective communication and technology. The Managing Virtual Teams course covers those requirements and provides specific knowledge and skills that leaders need to enhance their traditional leadership skillset, making them more effective virtual team leaders.
Upon completing this course, students will know how to build, manage, and motivate a virtual team. This course is one hour and two minutes of clock time, for which students will earn 1 CEU/CPE and a Certificate of Completion.
Who Should Take the Managing Virtual Teams Course?
The managing virtual reams course is ideal for anyone who:
- manages an established team in the workplace
- has the responsibility to establish a new virtual team
- routinely manages virtual teams for projects
What are the Benefits of Virtual Teams?
Virtual teams offer a tremendous amount of flexibility and freedom compared to traditional office modalities. Some of these benefits include:
- Saving time, effort, and money on commuting for team members
- Team members can work from anywhere with an internet connection
- Team members can attain a better home and work balance
- Increased productivity and efficiency
- Having more streamlined and intentional meetings
- Achieving lower overhead costs for companies
- Access to a larger talent pool for companies and recruiters
- Added scalability for companies.
Virtual teams, when correctly managed, can outperform traditional teams. Also, team members are generally happier working from home as it allows them to reap the benefits mentioned above and have more time with their loved ones.
What are the Challenges of Virtual Teams?
With any new workplace technology or strategy, some challenges must be resolved and overcome. Managing and working in virtual teams is no exception. Virtual teams have been around, but they have never been used to the full extent. As the use of virtual teams has grown, some drawbacks, however, have become more evident. Some of these drawbacks include:
- Communication – The biggest challenge that virtual work teams will encounter is communication. There are no face-to-face exchanges between coworkers that take place daily in traditional work settings. That means that it is crucial to have leaders who establish strategies to maintain effective communication.
- Insufficient tools – Companies have to provide their virtual team members with the tools (both individual and collaborative) needed to perform work responsibilities remotely. Without the proper tools, the virtual team will fail.
- No social interaction – A big part of creating the culture of an organization comes down to the team knowing each other and having fun together. Virtual team members can not just go and poke their heads into a coworker’s office to have a quick chat.
While there are some drawbacks to virtual teamwork, most are preventable if there is an effective manager or team leader.
How Can You Learn to Manage Virtual Teams Online?
As the virtual team becomes more ubiquitous in today’s workplaces, it is vital to have qualified, knowledgeable managers and leaders to ensure that their teams are successful. In Cybrary’s Managing Virtual Teams’ training course, students will learn how to become such an effective virtual team manager.
All of Cybrary’s courses are self-paced and online that allow students to take their time to understand the course material and concepts fully. Even those with a busy schedule can take this course and access it at the times that work best for them. Thus, if you are interested in learning more about managing virtual teams, enroll for this training by clicking the Register button at the top of your screen.
Complete this entire course to earn a Enterprise Security Leadership: Managing Virtual Teams Certificate of Completion