Working Virtually – Implications for Humans and Organizations

Working Virtually – Implications for Humans and Organizations

 Research Paper Outline
Title: Virtual Work: Implications for Human and Organization Development
I.                    Introduction:
Virtual teams, and teams in general, are categorized by the fact that each individual of the team is dependent upon one another in order to achieve their set goals, or by the company as a whole. In today’s world, you may find yourself working in any of the several virtual locations that are available for individuals. These virtual preferences were identified and created to provide companies and their employees the opportunity to get the work done and deliver what is needed in an effective way, and with the quality required without having to leave home.
In this paper, I will be covering the effective Communications for Virtual Teams, its implications for human and organizations development, and the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing such an amazing technology tool that has been created and made available for the development of businesses.
II.                  Body: the following topics will be discussed in this paper:
A)      Advantages and disadvantages of working virtually
a.1) Advantages:
– Customers
– Family time
– Relocation
– Work flexibly
– Accommodations for individuals with special needs
a.2) Disadvantages:
– Travel intensive jobs
-Time conflict
-Lack of project visibility
– Connection problems
B)     Guidelines for Virtual Meetings:
b.1) Meeting times
b.2) Introductions
b.3) Procedure
b.4) Follow-up
C)     Quality Communication – Effective Communication:
c.1) Use clear language
c.2) Speak slowly and clearly
c.3) Do not interrupt
c.4) Check for understanding
D)     Channels of communication and technology elements needed:
d.1) Computers
d.2) Link-in (IMs)
d.3) Headsets
d.4) Phone
d.5) Internet access
III.                Conclusion