The continuous growth of remote work across the world is an undeniable fact. However, the growth of remote work brings with it unprecedented challenges for employers and business owners. And if you work with a globally distributed team, the difficulty level spirals, as you will be managing a team with diverse cultures and backgrounds, not to mention employees living in diverse timezones.
As a market-leading EOR, Globelise has helped many organizations manage and expand their global teams successfully. This guide will help you manage your global remote teams more effectively.
Why build a global remote team?
Diverse Company Culture
Diversity is always an asset. Having mutli-national employees in your team promotes a more open-minded, tolerant and cohesive culture. Additionally, having a global team also allows “out-of-the-box” ideas to thrive, as a result of diverse perspectives and viewpoints of global team members.
Broader Talent Pool
Having a global remote team expands your talent pool limitlessly. With the opportunities to hire anywhere in the world, you not only can gain access to talent that are abundant in specific regions, but you can also increase the scope of the operations or services you offer that were previously impossible.
Companies with international teams working in various time zones often observe an increase in productivity. With the right amount of cooperation and delegation within the team, your organization can reach maximized productivity with team members handling different tasks and operations around the clock.
Working with a global remote team promotes asynchronous communication, that is, a working model that does not require all team members to be present online simultaneously. Global teams using asynchronous communication leads to more productivity because team members have more time to work on a project with less interruptions. On top of that, due to the nature of asynchronous work, more time is spent on individual decision-making and problem-solving which allows things to get rolling and less time wasted on waiting for inputs from other team members.
The common challenges of managing a global remote team and how to address them
1. Differences in communication styles and work ethics
a. Find the right tools and resources
Resources and Tools to Manage Virtual Teams
Managing a global remote team is truly a challenge, but with the right tools and resources, it can be a walk in the park. Here are some of the most well-known tools to help you improve your global remote team management and communication:
For video meetings:
a. Zoom (zoom.us)
b. Google Meet (meet.google.com)
c. Skype (skype.com/en)
d. Loom (loom.com)
e. Vidyard (vidyard.com)
For collaboration and project management:
a. Google Workspace (workspace.google.com)
b. Dropbox (dropbox.com)
c. Trello (trello.com)
For instant messaging and communication:
a. Slack (slack.com)
b. Telegram (telegram.org)
c. WhatsApp (whatsapp.com)
b. Asynchronous Work
Employing a set of tools and platforms to facilitate communication among remote team members alone is not sufficient to ensure effective communication and productivity in a globally distributed team. There is also the need for the organization to shift from a synchronous work model to an asynchronous one.
Asynchronous work means that employees collaborate and communicate when it is convenient for them in their time zones, rather than having to be present online simultaneously. For example, if you are working on a project, you could collaborate asynchronously using Google Docs, tag your teammates using the comment feature, and follow up with them using Slack. There is no need to set regular meetings where
everyone living in different time zones has to attend.
2. Lack of organizational structure
a. Communicate clearly
b. Evaluate your workflow and work management style
3. Poor Employee Engagement
a. Organize team bonding activities and initiatives
b. Build trust and connections
Go global today with Globelise
At Globelise, our purpose is to uplift people’s lives globally through bridging companies with markets, and jobs with talents. With our seasoned experts and experienced advisors from 141+ countries, we know exactly how to help you find the right global talent within minutes.
If you are ready to expand your team globally, Globelise is here to help you hire and manage your global remote teams with of our world-class solutions:
- EOR- We provide registered entities so you can hire compliantly from anywhere.
- PEO- We manage global employees where you have local entities.
- Global Payroll- We create automated payroll to send payments to your global employees in a single click.
- Benefits/ Insurance- We advise you on the mandatory and recommended benefits and perks for your global employees.
- Immigration- We arrange visas and work permits for your global employees.
- Human Resource Information System (HRIS)- We provide a centralized repository for your global employee data.
At Globelise, we make sure that we are here for you at every step of your global hiring and recruitment process from recruitment planning to searching and screening, to evaluation and control.
Leave the heavy lifting to us, so you can focus on growing your business.