I just got a new job (woo) and I will be managing a newly created dispersed team that are spread out across the south. They will all be based at different offices and won't be together except for team meetings. I suppose a few of them may sometimes see each other at events but it won't be regularly.
The team all have different strengths and need to learn off each other. Also I want them to be happy. How do I encourage good team working and make shore people don't feel isolated?
Looking at the "learning from each other aspect" could you get them to take turns giving a short talk at the team meetings? Or buddy them up with each other as virtual mentors, in a fairly structured way so with an agreed number of skype/telephone advice sessions over six months? Maybe an online shared area where the whole team can post tips and techniques where things have gone well?
The main things I focus on with remote teams are making sure everyone gets the same info at the same time, so no-one feels left out, and getting round to see everyone as equally as possible.