Skip to content
Skip to main content

About this free course

Download this course

Share this free course

Working in groups and teams
Working in groups and teams

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

8.1 What is a virtual team?

A virtual team is one whose primary means of communicating is electronic, with only occasional phone and face-to-face communication, if at all. However, there is no single point at which a team ‘becomes’ a virtual team (Zigurs, 2003). Virtual working offers benefits to both organisations and individuals. Benefits to the organisation include:

  • people can be hired with the skills and competences needed regardless of location
  • in some cases working across different time zones can extend the working day
  • it can enable products to be developed more quickly
  • expenses associated with travel and relocation can be cut
  • carbon emissions can be reduced.

Benefits to the individual include:

  • people can work from anywhere at any time
  • physical location is not a recruitment issue
  • travelling expenses and commuting time are cut
  • relocating is unnecessary.