Group Training for Virtual Teams
Group training sessions for virtual teams are a valuable tool that help generate synergy among the members while promoting teamwork.
Why is group training important?
In keeping with the well-known expression that says “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” group training helps to unify the talents and skills on a team, while:
- Developing the full potential of the whole team
- Strengthening synergy and teamwork.
- Promoting collective learning
- Exchanging viewpoints and valuable contributions
- Reaching project goals and objectives as a group
In what situations is it right to implement them?
Some of the scenarios where implementing virtual group training is advisable are:
- Projects where teamwork is required
- Projects where there are common goals and objectives
- Projects that deal with similar areas and processes
- Planning the Session: Establish steps and different points of the gathering, introduction, content and time and date scheduling.
- Session Agenda: Make a schedule with everything to be covered in the group training.
- Participative Dynamic Organize turns, voluntary participation and the order of the session so there are no interruptions and everyone gets a chance to share his or her point of view.
- Group Activities: Plan the introduction of the participants and dynamics in a way that breaks the ice and humanizes the virtual arena.
- Idea Sharing: Create spaces where the participants can share their thoughts, perceptions, reflections, suggestions and proposals.
- Guiding questions: Open up a space for critical thinking and reflection that gives everyone a chance to mobilize what they've learned and resources they've developed.
What should you avoid?
As far as virtual group training, some things one should avoid are:
- Very Large Groups: without face to face relations, people are prone to wander off.
- Groups with Different Levels of Experience and Knowledge: this opens the possibility of people moving at different speeds, and may drag out the session longer than planned.
- Groups at Different Language Levels: make sure that everyone is at the same level with the language training is held in, or else it can lead to confusion.
- Interruptions: it is crucial from the start to ask the team to silence their microphones at the proper time, and respect the participation of all to avoid any interruptions.
- Repetition of Information: the information should be well organized and concise, avoiding revisiting the same subject.