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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading remote teams, online collaboration and working in distributed organisations.

Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.

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Apr 6, 2017

In today's episode, Lisette and Pilar continue their conversation about how the collocated space can evolve by adopting virtual teamwork practices.

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Quite a long catch-up today, but it's all related to our theme...

How Sococo is now the first place where Pilar looks for Lisette when she needs to speak to her online and how the different rooms can induce a different mindset. (Hello, Terrance!)

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Lisette met Voranc and Ralph in person at a Management 3.0 retreat and it confirmed how much of a bond they'd already built just through online communication.

Pilar went to a launch party of a game she voiced and she noticed how strange it feels to watch photos of people working in the office together.

We talk about this recent article in Quartz about the mandate from IBM to bring remote workers into the office, with some dodgy research.

Pilar's article in response:

Ways in which the Collocated Office can change by absorbing practice from virtual teams.

Ongoing feedback vs performance management.

If we only come into the office sporadically, will we take the opportunity to seek feedback when we are in the same physical space together?

What works in virtual, might not work in collocated and vv (the processes, the tools).
(We have a really old episode on Feedback, episode 5!)


Don't forget to get together to celebrate group and individual successes!
(We have a really old episode on retrospective-style meetings, where we talk about celebrations, episode 19.)


The virtual space accomodates the number of people at a meeting better than the office. eg you might have a large room and only a few people turn up, you can really feel it in the physical space, not as much on a video meeting tool.

Starting on time and ending on time.

Is physical presence enough? Is there more acknowledgement of who is there in virtual meetings?

Can each person make the decision of whether they want to be present to contribute or just to be informed?

Recordings and summaries.

The end of presenteeism?