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Teams going virtual: why focusing on trust matters

Have you ever worked in a virtual team? Collaborating with colleagues at distance is now very common, just look at the success of virtual team working tools such as Google Hangouts, Google Drive and more recently, Slack. Breuer, Hüffmeier and Hertel (2016) conducted a meta-analysis of 52 studies which investigated the role of trust in virtual teams. They pulled together results from 1,850 teams – that’s data from more than 12,000 people!
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External incentives and internal motivation – a perfect pairing to boost work performance!

1) Work results depend on a person’s internal motivation.

2) The belief that money or bonuses can decrease employees’ internal motivation is only partially founded – financial rewards and recognition can sometimes increase the positive relationship between internal motivation and work performance.

3) While enjoyment may be more beneficial for complex activities, incentives seem to matter more for straightforward, repetitive work.
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