In this video, Phil Gold brings up issues regarding potential cultural and geographical challenges to remote teams. Learn how cultural differences and things like holidays and time zones can have an impact on the ability of your remote team to connect.
- Here's something to think about, … especially when your remote workers are in other countries … or regions of the world. … When's the next national holiday? … Americans are often accused of cultural insensitivity, … and there's unfortunately a lot of truth to that. … Many people in the US just don't seem to grasp … that other countries have their own traditions, … their own ways of doing things, … and their own days when business shuts down. … In one global company where I worked in the past, … we had large groups of employees … working in the Netherlands and China. … Yet important meetings were often scheduled on Queen's Day … or on International Worker's Day or other important dates. … Not only that, … but there was frequently no consideration given to the fact … that these employees were in different time zones. … Meetings would be scheduled in the afternoon … that would require people in Europe to be online … after 10:00 p.m. … General rule of thumb. … If you need to speak to someone in Europe, …
- Providing consistency and structure in a remote team
- Managing mixed remote and onsite teams
- Fostering equality and transparency
- Creating opportunities for in-person interactions
- Maintaining regular contact with remote team members
- Managing workloads and deliverables