According to recent series of studies by M.I.T. scientists, there is no difference whether a team worked face to face or online.
At first, the scientists tried to find out what were the common characteristics that distinguished smarter teams from the rest. Turns out that the most important ingredients were not the level of individual intelligence, nor the teams with more extroverted people.
Surprisingly, smarter teams had these 3 characteristics in common:
- Their members contributed more equally to the team's discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group.
- Their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.
- Teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not "diversity" (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team's intelligence, but simply having more women. This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at "mindreading" than men.
Furthermore, the scientists also discovered that online and face to face teams consistently worked smarter than others, if the team members communicated a lot, participated equally and possessed good emotion-reading skills.
There is no difference whether team collaborates online or face to face as long as the characteristics above are present and utilized.
Thanks to those findings we now hope that you can focus on the right characteristics when putting together a team. In case you need the right tool for online collaboration – use Weekdone, which is perfect for daily internal communication.