When working in a virtual team, it is easy to lose track of project timelines. Effective virtual team leaders and managers realise that it is important to closely monitor the project progress and productivity of individual team members. Use of software tools and technology to accomplish the task makes the manager’s results more accurately. Virtual colleagues and team mates also use the tools to enhance communication and collaboration, for example, the tools can help assess nonverbal cues such as facial expressions which are vital in the fostering of trust among team members.
The variety of the various software tools and collaboration technologies that can be made available to the virtual team members are such as; Instant messaging and chat platforms (for example, Slack, Messenger, Yammer or Skype), Resource Sharing technology (for example, Google Drive and Drop box), remote computer access tools and systems, web conferencing tools (for example, WebEx, Hangouts, GoToMeetings), emailing and telephoning infrastructure.
Asses the use of your tools, introduce and implement the most effective collaboration and communication tools into your team.