Many industries require in and out-of-office work to deliver their products or services. This business model is common in construction, media, oil and gas, and manufacturing. However, the rise of remote work has also caused traditional in-office positions to be carried out by distributed teams.
The format of distributed teams can lead to specific communication challenges that require tailored solutions.
Defining Distributed Teams
Distributed teams are a distinct business model that is often confused with other types of arrangements. For example, companies that work with external contractors are not distributed. This is because contractors perform work that is not integral to the company’s business model. Additionally, contractors are not obligated to follow company policies and procedures like employees.
While some distributed teams are remote, not all remote teams are distributed. Distributed workers are out-of-office for the purpose of completing their work. A manager who visits several construction sites to check on progress as part of their normal job duties is a typical example. Companies based in multiple locations also have a distributed workforce.
Communication Problems in Distributed Teams
The defining qualities of distributed teams lead to communication issues. Since all distributed team members are employees, they must complete their …Common Communication Problems with Distributed Teams Read More