InSync Training

What Makes a Remote Worker Successful? InSync Weighs In

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

126930459_sDid you know? InSync has operated an entirely virtual team since 2000. Over the last 20 years, technology platforms like Skype, Dropbox, WebEx, and Outlook have enabled us to communicate, collaborate, and constructively deliver our value proposition to our clients and learners.

In many ways, our organization implemented this employment model before it became commonplace. Today though, more companies include remote teams or allow for telework. Heck, even some federal government jobs here in the US allow team members to work virtually!

The workplace is a-changin’ folks. But, the need for clear roles and responsibilities has not changed.

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Topics: Virtual Work, Virtual Teams

Not All Remote Workers Are Lonely

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 30, 2019 11:17:37 AM

53991131_sRecently, a Reuters article titled How to Create Connections at Work in the Age of Isolation went viral on LinkedIn. The main point that resonated with readers? The loneliness of remote workers.

Today, organizations look wildly different than they did even ten years ago. Author Lauren Young points out that “one-third of workers in the US often work remotely [and] the number of remote workers is up 115% in the past decade.”

As an entirely virtual team of over 70 people, we understand the perception of isolation. When a single team spans the globe, how can real connections possibly exist?

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Topics: Virtual Teams

Incorporating Technology into the Training Room

Posted by Jenny Holt on Oct 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This month, guest contributor Jenny Holt explores the helpfulness of technology in supporting both virtual learners and virtual teams.

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Studies show that conversation between colleagues boosts performance by 20%, but this can be challenging to make the most of when remote teams are increasingly split across the globe.

Training is an area of business where communication is absolutely key - the prevalence of remote and virtual teams places even more responsibility on the virtual trainer to bring teams together regularly and enable meaningful interaction between members. There are various aspects of technology that can be used effectively to make the training experience more streamlined, while also boosting overall team performance in the process.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, EdTech, Global Virtual Classroom

Planning for Natural Disasters and Their Impact on Virtual Sessions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 11, 2018 10:06:10 PM

39760962_sAt InSync, we often talk about mitigating virtual classroom disasters with preparation and planning. With a solid plan, we can avoid most “virtual training emergencies.”

Hurricane Florence reminds us that there are indeed true emergencies that impact our families, our safety, and our livelihoods.

Teamwork is more important than ever in the wake of a natural disaster. With so many of our team members and our client facilitators working from remote locations, it’s critical to identify who might be potentially in the storm’s path, and find ways to proactively support them so they can focus on what is truly important.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

Join Our Team! Virtual Classroom Producers Needed

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 17, 2018 12:33:00 PM

Are you interested in a work from home opportunity? Are you computer literate and a detail-oriented person? Do you have experience supporting WebEx Training Center, Adobe Connect, or any other virtual classroom platform? InSync Training wants to learn more about you! 

Join our virtual classroom producer team

We are seeking contractors to join our dynamic Virtual Classroom Production Team. Our Producers ensure flawless virtual learning events by providing instructional and technical support to Facilitators during live learning events, training sessions, and meetings. 

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer

Create Your Virtual Team Tech Toolkit

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 22, 2017 1:15:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

20163611_s.jpgOrganizations find themselves embracing the future of work: globally dispersed, virtual teams. We no longer have to rely on our teammates sitting in the cubicle next to us in order to efficiently and effectively do our jobs, complete major projects, and meet goals, all thanks to the power of technology.

Brenda Huettner recently explored the “Realities of Virtual Collaboration” with our BYTE learners, and shared her recommendations for selecting the technology categories you can leverage to equip and empower your virtual team.

Watch the entire recording for insight into the four challenges that virtual teams face, the types of virtual teams that exist, and recommendations for extending existing corporate culture into the remote elements of your organization.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

Adapting Tuckman’s Model for Global Virtual Teams

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 1, 2017 1:30:46 PM

BYTE Session Recap

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Offices and teams come in all shapes and sizes these days. Members of the same team may live on different continents. How do managers and leaders evolve their existing skills to support this modern way of working? One proven possibility: adapt an existing model based on our understanding of successful remote teams. 

Amy Lins and Munira Bangee recently shared their expert insight with BYTE learners recently during their informative session, Global Teams and Virtual Learning.

Listen to the BYTE replay for remote manager and employee best practices, top tips for teams, and an overview of Harvard Business Review’s, “Global Teams That Work” SPLIT model.

Let’s explore how you can adapt Tuckman’s famous model to create a more highly functioning global virtual team.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, BYTE

Global Virtual Teams: What’s Working? What’s Frustrating?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 18, 2017 12:45:07 PM

BYTE Session Recap

40695943_s.jpgThanks to technological advances, physical walls and single zip codes no longer constrain our organizations. Virtual teams have grown rapidly and widely in the last 10 years – managers can lead, even when working from different continents then their reports.

Organizations have the ability to hire the best talent, regardless of applicant address. While this is certainly wonderful, there are challenges associated with this business model and management category.

Recently, guest BYTE speaker Mary Kingsley provided sage advice to leaders looking to inspire their global virtual teams. Watch the entire replay to learn about the cultural assumptions you need to let go of for success, habits you can build to increase your cross-cultural listening abilities, and how to develop an effective communication pattern that ensures clarity in the virtual environment.

BYTE learners taught us something too: their proven techniques for, and frustrating truths that hinder, virtual team success.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home as Part of a Remote Team

Posted by Jenny Holt on Dec 6, 2016 7:27:49 PM

InSync Training operates under a thoroughly modern business model: the entire team works remotely! Guest blogger Jenny Holt provides some benefits and drawbacks of this arrangement. 

40695943_s.jpgMany businesses are moving away from having dedicated office space in their facilities for team members to work in. Instead, they are choosing to allow, and even encourage, workers to perform their daily activities from home.

As you might imagine, there are both pros and cons associated with remote teams. By analyzing the pros and cons of having remote teams in your workforce, you may be able to determine if this is a management strategy that might work for you and your employees.

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Topics: Virtual Work, Virtual Teams

Creating, Leading, and Maintaining Highly Functional Virtual Teams

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Virtual_teamAssociation for Talent Development (ATD) Session Recap

Over the past 20 years, Jennifer Hofmann has built an entirely virtual and highly functional team at InSync Training. Interestingly, when she started her company, “We used to hide the fact that we were a 100% virtual, work-from-home team. It wasn’t cool back then. People didn’t understand how you could be professional. Now we understand that virtual teams are able to be professional, and that it’s the way the workforce is moving.”

Establishing her virtual workforce has not been without its challenges, however. For this reason, Jennifer took the time to share her lessons learned and best practices with the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) webcast audience on March 17, 2016.

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Topics: Virtual Teams