Your workforce may not need to travel around the world on a regular basis, but it still doesn’t mean they don’t need a global mindset to be savvy working across cultures more successfully. As a manager, follow these user-friendly strategies and help your employees excel in international teamwork.
1) Tell them to ask themselves! Your employees should ask themselves, “Does this text/project/presentation make sense across cultures?” And, “Am I addressing the needs in other country locations?”
2) Tell them to ask others! Your employees should ask others, “Does this text/project/presentation address the needs of your cultural context or country location?” Or, “Do we have the same understanding of the meanings behind words here?”
3) Re-Decorate! World maps, globes, and time zone clocks are very in right now (worldmarket.com, ikea.com, restorationhardware.com). With these global visuals, your workforce will have a hard time forgetting about the world.
4) Jump in! Find out who’s responsible for talent management in another country and ask your staff member to sit in virtual meeting(s) and update themselves on people needs in another country context.
5) Make time! Schedule a “Resource Meeting” and tell everyone to bring their favorite global resource for cultural learning, managing time zones, or traveling. You’ll compile a nice tool-kit for working globally.
6) Develop a mantra! Something like, “It’s never obvious to everyone.” or “What works here, doesn’t necessarily work there.” or “Don’t assume.” These sayings will stick and change your team’s thinking around working internationally.
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