Team configurations are largely set by the constraints that define them, and with the right social technology platforms in place, physical locations do not need to limit how teams are designed. This will allow organisations to source the best talent from more locations and hence more team combinations are possible. Especially software companies have shown the way for this tactic through the use of distributed workplaces.
Companies such as Automattic have built customised platforms, but off-the-shelf wikis and social network platforms can also provide the necessary infrastructure. With a distributed workplace, the whole workforce can be spread across various geographical locations with no requirement for having to be present in an office, but still working together in daily coordination. The key benefit of a distributed workplace is that the company can acquire talent that would otherwise be literally out of reach for the organisation. Furthermore, it grants employees a lot of flexibility, which can improve employee satisfaction.