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Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Feb 28, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The so-called ‘digital revolution’ is changing the world in which we live and work. Trends such as home-working and globalisation are contributing to increased use of remote teams. The London Global Leaders’ Summit reported that more than a third of executives expect that over 50% of their full-time employees will work remotely by 2020 (LBS, 2014). Teams are becoming increasingly geographically dispersed: team members might work just a few kilometres from their colleagues, or in different countries and time zones. Whilst remote teams bring benefits for both employers and individuals, they also bring some new challenges. For enterprises such as Google, remote working is embedded in their culture, but for most organisations it is still early days. Although the technology exists to support remote working, management practice is not keeping up with the demands of managing remote teams (CIPD: 2014) and requires a re-think of the role and competences required by both managers and employees (ILM: 2015). TeamMate 360 aims to address this problem. Using a new on-line 360° assessment tool TeamMate 360, partners benchmark the remote team-working practices of 150 managers from the public and private sector, SMEs and larger organisations and social enterprises. To achieve this, a team of trainers will take part in a blended learning course. Trainers will then be equipped with the skills and know-how to pilot TeamMate and to deliver a new VET course designed to provide managers with the skills and behaviours necessary for the management of remote teams.The project will create a new tool, TeamMate, and an innovative VET solution designed to develop the transversal competences managers of remote teams. Through the use of ECVET, participants will also be encouraged to progress toward a full qualification. The project will culminate with a series of dissemination events designed to demonstrate the impact of the TeamMate. During the events, a series of case studies will be presented illustrating real performance improvement made by participants within their organisation. Once proven, partners plan to make TeamMate available to stakeholders throughout Europe.
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