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Working in diverse teams
Working in diverse teams

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7 Summary

This week you have considered how the advent of synchronous web technology provided the tools for people to be able to work from home or from remote locations. Work can now be done both asynchronously and synchronously from different locations and this has meant that more employees are able to request the right for flexible working and that some employers are making the decision, often for financial reasons, to locate employees at home.

You have taken some time to consider how you would feel in this situation and thought about what the benefits would be for you, along with your concerns about this type of working. The interview with Vanessa highlighted some of the issues you may encounter should you have the experience of working virtually in an international environment.

You should now be able to:

  • describe the key common features in a virtual team
  • understand some of the key advantages of virtual team-working for employers and employees
  • explain some of the challenges that this way of working raises including building trust, dealing with isolation and appropriate use of technology
  • assess whether you are the kind of person who would thrive in a virtual team and the kind of skills you would need to develop to be confident of operating in this virtual environment.

In Week 8 you will return to a theme from an earlier week that is of great personal importance: how to present your team-working experience to a potential employer. You will put yourself in the employer’s shoes and see how to deal with the competency-based interview question, a tool that is much used by interview panels. You will also be introduced to the STAR approach for dealing with such questions. Another favourite of employers is the group assessment exercise and next week you will be given some tips about this. The week is rounded off with a case study and a few examples.

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