Top 5 Myth About Virtual Workplaces

 

We all lead a virtual life in one way or the other. The Internet has revolutionized interactions, telecommunication applications have replaced meetings, workplaces are being replaced by distributed teams or remote jobs involuntarily. In short all of us have become a part of this “Global Village”, as we may call it.

A virtual workplace is the one with no physical existence or geographical bounds, rather it is connected through technological devices via the internet or private network. Although virtual workplaces have become increasingly popular, there are a few myths that still stop us from stepping out of our comfort zones, leaving us to prefer our 9-5 job routines. In this blog, we will let the cat of the bag and discuss some of these myths and the real facts about the virtual workplaces.

Myth 5: Virtual Workplaces are Insecure

Employees have reservations regarding sensitive information and confidential data when it comes to virtual workplaces.

  • They fear and question the possibility of compromising the security of their data, such as personal bank information, certifications, contact information, etc while sharing it with their company. 

  • Also, they fear their work being exploited and do not trust virtual workplaces when it comes to payments and the modes of transactions used. 

Reality

Suitable measures can always be taken by employers to ensure the safety of the data provided by their employees. First and foremost, terms of confidentiality will be added in the contracts employees sign. While applying, the candidate can make sure the company is trustworthy by looking into their previous records, reviews from current and previous employees, their market reputation, etc.

Myth 4: Virtual Workplaces Lack Professional Culture

Employees from different continents, time zones and cultures can never foster the cooperative culture necessary for a successful company.

Reality

Culture in physical workplaces is more about cafeteria and watercooler talks, ping pong tables, celebrations, and parties. It signifies a happy, content, productive and collaborative environment. In a virtual workplace, this is achieved in a number of ways:

  •  Planning virtual meetups for the team. 

  • Creating social media groups for employees to share their joys and successes with one another, and create memories.

Myth 3: There is a Communication Barrier in the Virtual Workplace

Since there is no face-to-face communication of team(s), virtual workplaces lack interaction and mutual understandings, in other words, there is no room to develop informal relations and acquaintances.

Reality

In order to keep the employees focused on the objectives, communication is crucial. In the social media world, we have platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp, etc. Virtual workplaces utilize these platforms to keep the team connected and focused.

Myth 2: There is No Creativity in Virtual Workplaces

It’s not possible to have all team on board, so brainstorming and creativity sessions are not fruitful. The team is more task-focused rather than being open to ideas and embracing new norms.

Reality

Creativity blooms in virtual workplaces. There are people from different cultures with different experiences, ideas, and mindsets which not only brings in tons of ideas but also the opens the minds of team members to a whole new understanding of one single objective! This collaboration is made possible through large social networking platforms that enable large groups to communicate simultaneously.

Myth 1: Virtual Workplaces Lack Professionalism and Commitment

Remote workers spend most of their time on Social media platforms or watching irrelevant videos; this is the general impression of remote workers.

Reality

There is a pool of talent to choose from.There are candidates who are resilient, committed to their work and are serious about what they are signing up for! A study reported by the Harvard Business Review showed that remote workers were often more productive and were likely to put in more hours.

Summing it up, virtual workplaces should not be compared with physical ones. To grow, the employers now have a chance to engage the best talent globally, irrespective of geographical or cultural bounds, all thanks to the virtual workplaces!


 
Tayyaba Qamar