Three Principles of Communication for Virtual Teams

Updated: Mar 24



Keeping a virtual team aligned is challenging. Part of the challenge is the relational distance that comes from people working in different locations and time zones.


People may not have known each other before being thrown together on a project, and relationships develop remotely without much face-to-face contact. Combine that with different cultures coming together, and it can lead to communication miscues.

  • Emails and texts are misunderstood without the context of tone and facial expressions.

  • Second language speakers feel marginalized or left behind when native speakers talk quickly in a teleconference.