Top tips for managing and working in global teams

Top tips for managing and working in global teams

There are many things to consider when managing global teams, such as cultural differences, communication barriers, and logistical challenges. 

However, with a bit of preparation and forethought, it is possible to make global collaboration smooth and productive for all involved. Here are some tips for working in and managing global teams...

The challenges of managing a global team

When managing a global team, it is crucial to be aware of the challenges that may arise. Some of the most common challenges include:

Cultural differences

It can be challenging to manage a team when there are cultural differences among the members. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of each country's cultural norms and respect these differences. 

On a monthly or weekly basis, you may wish to schedule a 'culture' day or meeting where international employees can come together, for example via video call, and talk about their culture. This will help individuals to learn about and celebrate cultures that they may not have experienced before.

Communication barriers

Language barriers can make communication difficult. It is vital to have a clear and concise communication plan in place before starting the project. 

For example, if two teams or colleagues need to overcome a language barrier you could make it standard protocol that they video call when conveying important information. 

This means that no information is lost in translation and they can use features such as sharing their screen which helps explain information more clearly.

Logistical challenges

There can be logistical challenges when working with a team that is spread out across the globe. Time differences, different work schedules and different time zones can all make it difficult to coordinate and manage a project.

If working with global teams that have different time zones, try to find a time that is suitable for all time zones when planning meetings or take it in turns for each team to pick the meeting time, so one time zone is not favoured over another.