Friday, February 10, 2017

3 Tips for Managing a Cross-Cultural Workforce - STAMFORD ADVOCATE

by Pratik Dholakiya
Originally published: February 9, 2017

If you have company branches in the United States and the Philippines, communications are essential since one workday ends when the other begins.

Multinational companies have been around for a long time. And that's a good thing because, if they're managed effectively, these entities can contribute greatly to economic globalization.

The technology needed for just such effective management has improved, too, making it simpler to manage an international team. With all the 24-hour means of instant communication available, businesses of all sizes are able to outsource tasks or run parts of their business on the opposite side of the world, with ease.

However, while the international workforce that's arisen in these organizations is great for connecting with a wider range of customers, managing these employees from completely different backgrounds and cultures is by no means easy. It takes a strong effort to run a smooth operation with thousands of miles of separation.

Fortunately, there are a great deal of resources available to help. Here are three tips to help manage a multinational workforce.