The virtual workplace is different.
The setting is different; cubicles don’t divide the virtual space. Neither do city lines, time zones, or continents, for that matter.
The employees are different; without that immediate group feel, employees have no other option than to be more independent and self-starting than their on-site counterparts.
And, above all else, management is different. When dealing with such an unconventional and independent staff, it becomes abundantly clear that “traditional” workplace motivation and efficiency strategies simply aren’t going to be effective.