Unit 8 Assignment 2 - Running Head Unit 8 Assignment 2 Unit 8 Assignment 2 Virtual Team New Conflict Jerry Guzman ITT Running Head Unit 8 Assignment 2

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Running Head: Unit 8 Assignment 2 Unit 8 Assignment 2: Virtual Team, New Conflict Jerry Guzman ITT
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Running Head: Unit 8 Assignment 2 When it comes to workplace conflicts, the virtual environment is a double-edged sword. The good news is that bad relationship conflicts don’t occur as often because virtual team members are typically focused more on their work and less on interpersonal issues and office politics. Hence, “bad blood” is less likely to develop between co-workers. But the bad news is that, because of the lack of face-to-face contact, which helps to accelerate empathy, task-related disputes can more quickly devolve into relationship conflicts. Successful teams tend to use one important tool: an online discussion board in a shared virtual workspace. There are several advantages in doing so: 1. Problems don’t fester. In a traditional team that’s co-located, people often wait for the next meeting to discuss important issues. But that just slows the process, allowing problems to fester. Virtual teams that use online discussion boards can nip problems in the bud by raising an issue whenever it first arises. 2. People can properly vet an issue. Team members can study an issue when they have the time and then offer their input, and they can comment on others’ suggestions online so that every proposed solution gets properly vetted. Moreover, team members can be encouraged to contribute and comment on all aspects of a project, not just the parts that might concern their specific area of expertise. As past research has shown, the best solution for a problem often
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