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Managing Without Walls: Maximize Success with Virtual, Global, and Cross-Cultural Teams by Kevin Wegryn, Colleen Garton

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Removing a Team Member from the Team

Removing a team member from the team can be a very difficult process. Even if the reason for removing the team member is a very good one, the other team members are going to feel insecure about their own positions if they know that a team member was asked to leave. Even though virtual team members have limited face-to-face time, they can often feel more insecure about these types of changes than traditional team members. The isolation from what is happening is a major contributor to this. The team member is unsure whether the circumstances are really what was communicated or if there is more to it. The team member might be concerned that the company is starting to remove its virtual team members. Alternatively, ...

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