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How Do You Know How To Work Virtually?

Collaboration skills are on demand, and somehow you are expected to know how to do this. You are also expected to be able to use tools, run a web conference, or work in a virtual team. These are not skills that come naturally to most of us, and they were most likely not taught in school. They are not even taught by most training experts. If you already have these skills, consider yourself lucky.

These changes have impacted the structure of your family as well as your workplace. There is a much higher demand for flexibility in terms of role and function. Listening skills have morphed into being able to listen with your eyes too and not just your ears. You must realize that instead of work becoming easier, it has become more demanding, more time consuming and less predictable. Psychological and physiological stressors have increased.

The traditional work environment provides certain familiarity and structure that makes many employees feel safe. When you work virtually, you are responsible for creating your own safe environment. When you work remotely you do not get what many employees expect to receive when working from the office cubicle. The furnishings, the space and the equipment all provide an environment that supports you. Technology advancements have already caused changes in the organization’s infrastructure, its products, its services, its leadership philosophy, and yes, its employees. The fact is that with technology nothing ever remains the same; change is the only true constant.

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