How to Build a Global Team That Works

Global teams have become increasingly common over the last few decades. This is largely due to advancements in technology, which have made both communication and the exchange of goods and services across great distances significantly easier. Building a global team allows your company to access talent around the world. This can be highly beneficial. However, you need to know how to build a global team effectively if you want it to work right. Here are some great tips for building a global team that works.

1. Take full advantage of technology

There are many apps and software programs that can help global teams to function optimally. Some of the most helpful of these apps and software programs are Slack, Skype, and Google Docs. Slack lets team members from all around the world communicate on a single thread where everyone can see each other’s messages. Skype allows team members to video chat with one another. Finally, Google Docs allows documents to be shared and edited by many different team members. All of these things are key for optimizing your global business.

2. Account for cultural differences

Every culture around the world is different. If you want to increase the success and cohesion of your global team, then it is important to have a basic understanding of the cultures of your team members. This can include anything from knowing when major holidays are in their countries to knowing how to greet them in accordance with their customs.

3. Schedule deadlines further in advance

If you run a global team, then you will have to deal with the fact that many of your team members will live in different time zones. This means that you should increase the length of time before a deadline to account for things such as the fact that the person may be sleeping. Scheduling deadlines farther into the future can help to prevent time zone issues.


Running a global team can help your business in many ways. However, you need to run it correctly in order for it to have optimal success. Following the tips in this blog can help you to reach optimal success for your global team.

November 16, 2017 01:09 pm

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic - Head of Marketing

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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