How to Run an International Workforce

In the modern economy, it is becoming more and more common for workforces to be international. This is because technology has made it easier to communicate, collaborate, and even go and meet with people in foreign countries.

However, despite the increased opportunities that international workforces provide, there can be many challenges associated with running an international workforce as well. Here are some of the top tips for running an international workforce.

1. Understand the key policies of the nations where your workforce is

If you are going to add members to your team from India, it is important that you know the main points of the tax code and business regulations for that nation. Otherwise, you could come to depend on your Indian team members only to discover down the road that there is a major problem with regulations or taxes. This could cause serious issues for your business.

2. Optimize communication

Many apps allow for free communication across countries through messaging, phone calls, or even video calls. Skype is famous for this. However, Vtok, WhatsApp, and a number of other apps can also provide great communication capabilities for your business. Communication is key for international workforces. So make sure you optimize your workforce’s communication.

3. Use employee scheduling apps

With work schedule apps, such as the Ximble app, managers can assign work hours, approve or deny shift or shift swap requests, and even track employee work hours remotely. Using employee schedule apps allows business owners to keep their international teams in sync and on a schedule that works. Organization is crucial for international workforces, and shift scheduling software helps to create maximum organization.

4. Overcome language barriers

If you have an international workforce, then there is a good chance that you will struggle with a language barrier at times. There are a number of ways that you can overcome language barriers. First, you can try to encourage your employees to learn each other’s languages. Or, second, you can use translation apps. There are a number of great apps on the market that can translate speech into different languages. Jibbigo is an example of such an app.


Managing an international workforce can be a challenge. However, using these strategies and tools like employee scheduling apps can really help. If you follow this advice, you could be well on your way to more effectively managing your international workforce!

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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