Technology is clearly a major influence on the pattern of team operation and behaviour. The work organisation may limit the opportunities for social interaction and the extent to which individuals are able to identify themselves as a member of a cohesive work team. This in turn can have possible adverse effects on attitudes to work and the level of job satisfaction. The combination of increasing globalisation and widespread developments in information communications and technology has given greater emphasis to the opportunities for and need of virtual teams.
Instead of face-to-face proximity, virtual teams are a collection of people who are geographically separated but still work together closely. The primary interaction among members is by some electronic information and communication process. This sort of remote working may have an impact on the social aspects of organisational working with an increasing feeling of isolation that can affect employee motivation.