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5 Ways to Make a Global Team Feel Local

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Global companies are large and diverse, which can provide tons of exciting opportunities. You’ll meet interesting colleagues and maybe get the chance to take international trips—or even work abroad. Often these companies offer great vacation and benefits packages, sometimes inspired by the various cultures where the organization operates.

But being part of a global team can also present unique challenges, from cultural misunderstandings to purely logistical issues—like conference calls scheduled for inconvenient hours or fuzzy video connections that make it tough for meeting attendees to understand each other.

The truth is, you can’t fake a local feeling. What you can do is embrace working with people around the globe and build a new type of global work community—one that feels as friendly, respectful, and trusting as a local team. Here’s how:

Infographic explaining 5 steps to helping a global team bond.
Infographic design by Logan Waters