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6 tips for managing a global workforce

Sarah K. White | Sept. 23, 2016
Telecommuting has made it easier for businesses to operate on a global scale. But for managers that means they might have employees scattered around the world, which poses unique challenges.

"Recognition platforms provide managers with a natural outlet in which to recognize great work in real time. This is crucial for geographically diverse teams and employees who might only see their managers when they're in the same office," she says.

Have fun

It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind, but if you want to keep your employees engaged and maintain strong professional relationships, you have to have some fun. Shawe likes to choose fun locations for training and team-building exercises, noting its "good for morale," and gives employees a fun way to connect.

He also recommends investing in philanthropic efforts, noting it has helped his company bridge gaps between teams and give all of his employees a sense of purpose and community. You can opt to plan a volunteer day, or even have employees select and vote on a cause they'd like to support, so they feel more invested in the cause.

 

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