Teams are essential for accomplishing business goals in today’s work environment. Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant upon teams for solution finding and production. Additionally, virtual teams are increasing in acceptance and popularity, as five million employees are projected to work remotely by 2016. Based on these trends, research is warranted in exploring teams. What are the characteristics of effective work teams? What challenges are teams faced with today? Are there uniquely important aspects which distinguish effective virtual teams from effective face-to-face teams?
The Human Capital Institute, along with research partner Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, explored the current state of teams in today’s organizations. HCI surveyed more than 250 professionals, ranging from individual contributors to C-level executives at mid-sized to large organizations, of which 86 percent are located in North America.
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