How to effectively manage a global workforce

Allen Taylor our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 02 November 2021

Having a global team has become all the more commonplace in the business world. It’s no secret that many companies want to attract a global market and there are now more opportunities than ever for international workers. Career prospects are no longer restricted to a location, so managing and working with people around the globe is now a reality for many businesses. However, a global workforce presents several distinct challenges, such as time zones and communication. Whether it’s a manufacturing or an oil and gas business, leaders must be able to provide effective management to ensure success. Below, we explore the best ways to manage a global workforce.


Set clear expectations


When it comes to managing employees across the globe, creating clear expectations is hugely important. Every employee should know exactly what you expect from a leadership point of view and it’s vital for improving performance. For example, how often does your company plan to check in with employees, or provide performance reviews? It’s also important to acknowledge any cultural differences and find different ways of working better as a team. Managers should learn how to best communicate with all staff members, as workplace cultures can differ from country to country. This is especially important for those in economics and planning roles. Within the oil and gas industry, these professionals are responsible for ensuring organizational objectives are achieved in relation to the budget, as well as overseeing health and safety. So, with good and open communication, leaders can build strong relationships and a high-performing global workforce.


Establish trust and core values


For international employees, it’s all the more important that managers establish trust with their team members. This includes reinforcing structure, purpose and core values, as well as planning how everyone’s work fits into the overall strategy of the business. Whether you’re a manufacturing or an engineering company, it’s important to ensure that the team is a single entity working towards a common purpose. This is all the more important when managing a global workforce of distributed teams. Therefore, allow your team to understand your leadership style, encourage collaboration and create positive team dynamics. This can lead to increased morale and greater productivity for professionals in a variety of roles, from process engineers to quality specialists.


Create a culture of continuous learning


There’s always great value in consistently learning. One of the best ways to build a successful organization in a global environment is to create a culture that helps people learn and grow. The key challenge of managing a global workforce is making sure everyone is engaged. With development and growth being one of the main reasons people leave a role, creating a learning culture can be a way to boost engagement, as well as retention. Since global teams are comprised of people from a range of backgrounds, cultures and religions, an environment of continuous learning is crucial. Leaders should ensure encourage an open dialogue about workplace practices and offer consistent training and support.


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