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How To Support Your Global Team

Friday August 12, 2022

How To Support Your Global Team

Friday August 12, 2022

Support Your Global Team

Harvard Business School states that 89% of corporate employees work on at least one global team, and 62% have colleagues from three or more cultures. SHRM and Globalization Partners analyzed how global teams feel.

 

Surprisingly, they found no discernible difference in engagement, happiness, or satisfaction with compensation versus overall company statistics. However, one challenge stood out.

 

Feelings of connectedness, belonging, and inclusion diverged dramatically on global teams versus the organization as a whole.

 

Global teams are 15% less likely to report high or very high levels of connectedness. 

 

Connectedness and Global Teams

 

We love the SPLIT framework Harvard professor Tsedal Neeley offers to global team leaders. The framework helps to identify and address five sources of ‘social distance’. 

 

Here are example tips from Tsedal Neeley, but we encourage you to read the full study.

 

Structure

– “We are different yet one”. The team is a single entity. Leaders must foster respect to differences but look for ways to bridge them and build unity.

 

Process

– Add “deliberate moments”. Initiate informal discussions about work and nonwork matters that allow team members to get to know their distant counterparts.

 

Language

– Balance for inclusion. Keep track of who is/isn’t contributing and solicit participation from less fluent speakers (get dominant-language speakers to dial down if needed).

 

Identity

– Learn from one another. Don’t make assumptions about what behaviors mean. Ask a lot of questions before drawing conclusions.

 

Technology

– Choose format carefully. Use instant technologies to persuade others to adopt your viewpoint. Delayed methods are best for information sharing (and less disruptive).

 


 

Experiences for global teams

 

Global team leaders must help team members establish effective interactions.

 

Teamraderie offers 40 ‘international-ready’ experiences to help global teams feel more connected – look for experiences with the globe icon. Experiences (1) ship globally; (2) are available in global time zones; (3) respect cultural differences and preferences.

 

Support Your Global Team

Experience to Support Global Teams

Did you know that despite snacking being a global habit, 80% of snacks are popular in only one single country?

Led by a food & beverage expert, this experience aims to help build connection through a shared activity. During the experience, you will try snacks representing multiple cultures and continents and discuss each of your favorite snacks. Teamraderie will ship you an elegant kit containing three different snacks and a beverage. You will learn how different cultures are connected through snacks.   

Don’t miss this opportunity to build connection, leaving you with fresh perspectives, a sense of togetherness, and a renewed sense of collaboration.


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Could your team play its way to better collaboration?

Led by an improv expert, this experience aims to enhance distributed teamwork through interactive improv games. During the experience, you will participate in three different improv games. Each game is designed with a different goal in mind. Together you will surface empathy, build trust, and practice high-speed collaboration. As you shift between large group activities and breakout rooms, you will learn how to improve team dynamics and increase productivity.   

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance collaboration, leaving you with new insights, a feeling of camaraderie, and a revitalized team spirit.


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Did you know that participating in a creative activity with a group can lead to a shared experience that helps individuals feel a sense of togetherness?

Led by a professional artist, this experience aims to boost connection and wellbeing through a shared painting workshop. Prior to the experience, you will choose a theme to paint. During the experience, you will learn painting techniques and create a masterpiece together. You will use paints, a canvas, and brushes provided by Teamraderie. You will learn that while the instructions are the same, each piece created represents the uniqueness of the individual who painted it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to boost connection and wellbeing, leaving you with fresh perspectives, a strengthened sense of camaraderie, and a collective team spirit.

Choose between three themes:

(1) Regional landmark chosen by your team – get to know each other better by learning about a place your colleague is from

(2) Team logo – create a team logo and discuss shared goals

(3) Celebrate the season, holidays, or end of year as a team!


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