Impact & Efficacy of Virtual Teamwork: How to overcome the challenges of COVID-19

The pandemic forces companies to adopt new communication strategies. This webinar will explore the most promising ones.

With large parts of the global population on lockdown, communication between people has been severely disrupted. Being confined to their homes, people have to find new ways of staying in touch while practicing social distancing. The pandemic is especially felt at the workplace, which isn’t so much a place anymore, but rather a collection of places held together by technologies such as Zoom and Slack. No longer is it possible to walk over to your colleague’s desk and ask for an input – or to joke together during the coffee break.

As physical spaces have shrunken, people are thrust into virtual worlds, having had no or little time to prepare for this change. It is clear that the shift from offline to online has to go hand in hand with new communication strategies. These can only bear fruit if one has a thorough understanding of the communication channels in use. Challenges are numerous. How to keep people engaged during isolation? How to minimize misunderstandings? How to resolve them once they arise? How to strengthen social bonds and keep up the team spirit when people are apart?

Beyond merely coping with the new conditions, it might be possible to leverage them and create work environments with some advantages over the old ones. Thus, working from home allows for a much higher degree of autonomy, a factor considered essential for job satisfaction. Moreover, companies might experiment with asynchronous forms of communication. Giving people time to think about ideas and letting them share them in written form might lead to better decision-making – as opposed to relying on spontaneous reactions during real-time meetings.

Our two experts will take a deep dive into this topic. With one speaker having both practical and research experience in Switzerland and the other boasting a profound knowledge of the Chinese market, we will explore promising communication strategies from the perspective of both countries. The webinar will place an emphasis on interaction and allow the audience to ask questions after each presentation, it will also allow for interaction between the speakers at the end of the webinar.

Event Rundown

16:00-16:05               Introduction
(André Gisiger – Chief Client Officer at GloCoach (International Learning Enterprises))


16:05-16:25               Presentation and Q&A
(Dr. Sarah Genner – Lecturer and expert on digital communication)


16:25-16:45               Presentation and Q&A
(Chris Zheng – Vice President and Head of Operations at Eddingpharm)


16:45-17:00               Open discussion


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