Event Date: 02/15/2018 (2:00 pm EST - 3:00 pm EST)
Virtual teams are no longer the “wave of the future.” They are here now and they are growing in use. The 2010 federal Telework Enhancement Act mandates federal agencies to create telework policies under which eligible employees can telework. And public and private organizations of all sizes are rapidly developing and adapting their own methods of teleworking.
This includes allowing employees to work at home on designated days each week or month or eliminating the office entirely and having team members permanently located in different offices and home offices across a wide range of areas and even countries.
As with any significant change, we often focus first on the disadvantages of remote work. One of the objectives of this program is to give you the opportunity to focus on the advantages and to consider different ways to reduce problems in leading virtual teams.
Who Should Attend
- Human Resources Professionals
- Organizational Development Professionals
Participants Will Learn
- Assess their team’s strengths and opportunities and develop a plan for addressing them in a virtual team environment.
- Make the business case for virtual teams by illustrating how their advantages outweigh their challenges.
- Improve communication skills in a virtual environment.
- Share good practices for reducing virtual team member social distance from the team.
- Distinguish between managing by results and managing by activities and focusing more consistently on results.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Safety Engineering and decades of managing people and processes, Geoff Nichols has a wide and deep background to draw from in helping his training and coaching clients. In his approach to management, training and coaching, he emphasizes the need to use situational leadership and the ability to flex to work colleagues’ and team members’ communication needs in order to be more successful in any job.
Business training has been Geoff’s passion for nearly all of his career. After 20 years of executive experience in Human Resources, training and operations management, he founded his own training and consulting business and has conducted over 1,200 public and private workshops. He has trained more than 30,000 people in a wide range of management and leadership topics. And he has written over 600 customized training programs for hundreds of clients- from large and small businesses to federal and state government agencies to healthcare and non-profit organizations.
Geoff has also written a book titled, “Taking the Step Up to Supervision” and numerous articles in national publications on supervision and management. He has trained throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.K. and Mainland China.