Over the years, having held management positions in global companies, I’ve come to learn a few things about managing remote employees. Specifically, how to best motivate remote employees and how to keep them engaged and active as a key contributor to the global organization.
Senior managers at global headquarters are often thrown into a role where they inherit remote employees, and simply don’t know how to manage them. Managing someone in your office and managing someone halfway across the world, takes a completely different set of management skills and techniques. Unfortunately, most managers rarely get training in this area and the ones who suffer most, tend to be the remote employees. I came across the below article when browsing through Flipbook the other day. If you work in a global company and manage (or work with) colleagues outside of your home country, I highly recommend giving this article a read.
I have a few books I recommend reading as well:
Different Games, Different Rules: Why Americans and Japanese Misunderstand Each Other by Haru Yamada – This is a great book for anyone looking to do business in Japan. It’s specific to Japan, but the concepts discussed can help open your mind to a different way of thinking. Cultural differences, language, and history of a country, are all important elements when it comes to conducting business in a global environment.
The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer – This is another great book that will teach you a lot about navigating the global work environment. It’s more general than the previous book I mentioned with examples of doing business with just about everyone. However, a very interesting read, whether you work in a global environment or not. Even if you are just curious to learn about other cultures.