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Virtual workplace

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By Kim Jong-nam

The coronavirus has been causing unprecedented changes to organizational cultures. Many corporations have chosen to have their employees and managers work remotely from their homes. Because of this, many corporations are confused about how to manage remote teams and how to create a successful virtual workplace culture.

Since they are not familiar with how to manage workers at home, several newspaper companies asked me about how best to create a virtual workplace culture. In my view, the biggest problem is the isolation and lack of team unity that necessarily comes with everyone being in their own separate locations.

Working in a brick-and-mortar organization is like everyone being in the same big boat together. However, working from home can feel like being on a different, smaller boat. Thus, many employees and managers have begun feeling less like they are on one team with the other employees in the company.

This fragmentation creates several obstacles. For one, each boat must now figure out its own way of sailing and surviving. For another, confusion has been increased by technical unfamiliarity and deficiencies in related skills. Creating a virtual workplace culture necessarily requires thinking about both technology and people. Employees don't need to become highly tech-savvy, but they need to at least become open to technology. Additionally, leaders don't need to be technology experts, but they must be able........

© The Korea Times