Thanks to its offices in Europe and its strategic partners spread across 4 corners of the world, e6 has been able to take advantage of and adapt its methods for international collaboration! With the help of digital technology we have set up platforms to collaborate efficiently internally between our employees and externally with our clients.
Working as an international team we’ve learned quickly that it takes more than just figuring out different time zones. International collaboration brings with it linguistic, cultural, and physical barriers. These differences can lead to confusion, but if you approach them strategically, it is an opportunity to learn about other cultures, change your perspective and understand your team.
Here is how we create an efficient team even while working from different countries:
Pay special attention to schedules
Managing multiple time zones is one of the main logistical challenges of collaborating across different countries. Fortunately, with the right tools it’s possible to do away with time zone schedule conflicts.
When scheduling meetings…
A scheduling tool like Calendly allows you to display availability in your guest’s time zone with smart time zone detection. Whether you need to schedule an in-person meeting or a virtual one Calendly displays every team members availability regrdless of where they are working.
Tip: Don’t forget to take Statutory Holidays into account. If in your part of the world the day goes on as normal, during that time one of your team members may be enjoying a national holiday and be unreachable.
Create a general calendar for your entire team where you list the holidays for each region which will let you know which offices, teams or employees will be unreachable on those dates.
Opt for a collaborative work platform
While having your team scattered around the globe is undoubtedly complex, don’t consider it a burden. It’s an opportunity to learn about other cultures, change perspectives and implement collaborative communication tools.
Use activity feeds to publish company news, a shared calendar to plan events, file and task sharing to collaborate within your company, instant chat messaging for a faster, real-time alternative to email are all things to consider when choosing your platform.
Using a platform for collaboration creates a place where everyone can communicate and execute basic business processes with ease. Work is harmonized and knowledge sharing between colleagues becomes natural and fun, which increases employee satisfaction and dedication. And when working internationally, this unique place of sharing becomes a fantastic asset!
Communication is crucial in a company and if you do it right you will show all your team members that they are listened to, considered and respected.
Are you looking for a way to work better with your international teams? e6 International can help you foster an environment of collaboration that is entirely adaptable to your organization!