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How to Manage Remote Teams More Effectively Using Global HR Specialists

Nena Petrovic
GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR
March 8, 2024

Utilising a global workforce offers businesses lots of great benefits. But to harness these benefits, you must first tackle the unique challenges associated with recruiting and managing international workers. In this article, we discuss how to manage remote teams effectively in different countries with the support of global HR specialists.

Benefits of leveraging remote, international workers include bringing fresh new ideas, higher productivity and diverse problem-solving approaches to your business, with the ability to work round-the-clock on urgent projects (due to time-zone differences). However, your success relies on specialist knowledge. Let’s explore the challenges and how partnering with trusted global HR specialists can help you better navigate the complexities. 

Understanding the challenges of managing remote teams

Imagine juggling looming deadlines, team meetings spanning multiple time zones, cultural intricacies influencing communication, and trying to ensure that all your employees feel supported and heard amidst all these moving parts. 

To successfully manage remote teams spread across the globe, you need to understand the specific challenges of managing a diverse workforce. Here are some of the common challenges:

  • Legal compliance: Labour laws, taxation policies, and payroll regulations can vary greatly between different countries. These regulations will change over time, and it can be tricky for businesses to stay up to date and remain compliant with the varying laws and obligations in different jurisdictions. 
  • Cultural differences: Cultural nuances and presuppositions can affect employee communication styles, conflict resolution mechanisms, attitudes to hierarchy, expectations surrounding paid time off, etc. These have an impact on team dynamics. If you want to prevent misunderstandings and foster effective collaboration, then you must recognise these differences and navigate them with sensitivity and adaptability. 
  • Time zone management: Collaboration across multiple time zones requires some strategic scheduling, as well as clear communication channels to facilitate coordination and reduce delays. Effectively managed, these time zone differences often prove to be an asset, enhancing productivity and helping you meet project deadlines reliably. 
  • Infrastructure variance: Overseeing a global workforce means dealing with different levels of digital infrastructure, varying access to resources and diverse technological landscapes. If not managed appropriately, it can lead to reduced efficiency.
  • Payroll logistics: Timely salary disbursement across different countries poses unique challenges, such as currency fluctuations affecting salary calculations, differing laws surrounding tax withholding, local regulations related to seasonal bonuses, etc. Timely and accurate salary payments are a must to earn the trust of your international employees and keep them motivated. 

The role of global HR specialists in remote team management

Global HR specialists like TopSource Worldwide help companies attract and manage international talent, from recruitment, entity registration and onboarding to global payroll management and compliance.

In short, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a global workforce without dealing with many of the challenges associated. So, if you’re a business owner trying to figure out how to manage remote teams effectively, here are some of the ways that TopSource Worldwide can help:  

  • Employee onboarding: TopSource can save your business time and resources by onboarding new employees in days, rather than weeks. We have a streamlined onboarding process to ensure that new hires can immediately feel welcome and integrated into the team, regardless of their location. This is particularly useful if you’re struggling to find the right skill set for a role in your local market. 
  • Regulatory compliance: We provide access to local HR and payroll experts in more than 180 countries. These experts can help your business navigate complex international compliance issues in the areas of immigration, taxes, labour law, etc. Outsourcing payroll compliance activities allows your in-house team to focus on the core functions that affect your bottom line. 
  • Payroll management: Our team of experts help businesses ensure that their international hires receive accurate and timely salaries and access to all relevant benefits, regardless of location. This helps you attract and retain top talent across geographies while staying compliant with local payroll regulations.

Aside from these core functions, you get an easy-to-use platform for all your global team management needs, which integrates seamlessly with your existing HR software. Also, we provide cultural sensitivity training to foster an inclusive and productive work environment for international employees.

Navigating employment needs and HR responsibilities

In this section, we outline some key considerations and advice on how to manage remote teams effectively in a global workforce.

Communication and language

Effective employee communication is the foundation of a productive workforce. However, seamless communication can prove difficult with different members of your team speaking different languages and carrying different cultural presuppositions.

A global entity solutions provider like TopSource Worldwide can help in the following ways:

  • Offering valuable advice on the right tools, chat software and video conferencing platform for your global team.
  • Promoting regular check-ins between team members and their managers to foster interpersonal trust and connection even in a remote work environment.
  • Providing managers with sensitivity training – to give them the skills they need to support international employees.
  • Equipping managers to handle misunderstandings among team members, caused by cultural differences or language barriers.
  • Minimising jargon and prioritising clarity over all else in internal communications.

Legal considerations and compliance

This is another key consideration your HR team must account for when hiring global employees. Laws and regulations vary between countries, so the protocols and contracts that work in your home country may not be applicable across the border. 

You must abide by tax requirements and employment standards in your host country, which will affect your international employees' salaries, holiday allocations, benefits packages and pension plans. 

Save yourself a lot of time (and minimise the risk of fines, lawsuits, and other legal issues) by outsourcing your global employment and compliance responsibilities

We’ll navigate the complexities of international employment regulations, tax compliance and payroll management on your behalf, allowing you to efficiently hire and manage employees in different countries without establishing a legal entity in each of them. 

Employee vetting and engagement

Vetting potential hires and keeping current employees motivated and engaged are challenging enough in your own country. Yet, these can become doubly difficult when expanding your hiring efforts into an unfamiliar, foreign market.

With more than 400 employees spread across 180 countries, TopSource Worldwide can offer vetting services that far surpass the capabilities of most individual businesses. Our local experts can reliably verify the educational qualifications and employment history of all interview candidates. They can also administer tests and skill assessments to accurately evaluate each candidate's abilities, unhindered by language barriers or cultural biases.

We can also help you boost employee engagement by tailoring recognition and rewards to local cultural preferences. We'll provide valuable insights on whether public or private recognition is preferred by the locals, if team-based rewards should be prioritised over individual recognition, etc.

Furthermore, they can suggest which types of rewards the employees would most value, such as vouchers for culturally relevant experiences or popular local retailers.

Ensuring efficient and compliant payroll management

Outsourcing to a trusted multi-country payroll provider will boost your compliance and payroll process efficiency. Providers work with local experts with years of experience staying abreast of local regulations and ensuring compliance. They have a comprehensive understanding of local tax codes, labour laws, mandated benefits structures and payroll processes, which can help mitigate the risk of non-compliance and optimise operational efficiency. This allows your staff to focus on core business functions and reduces the costs associated with in-house payroll management. 

Additionally, most reputable global payroll providers will offer a unified platform as part of their services to monitor and control payroll activities across many different countries and locations. This centralised approach to payroll management facilitates greater transparency, easier audits and better control, allowing you to quickly detect and fix compliance errors.

The benefits of partnering with a third-party global HR solutions provider

A third-party global HR specialist can facilitate effective remote team management for your globally dispersed workforce. The following benefits demonstrate how to manage remote teams effectively with the support of a global HR solutions provider: 

  • Conserving resources: Setting up a legal entity abroad can be a costly and time-consuming process. Save time, money and effort while hiring the people with the skills and experience you need to grow your business.
  • Risk mitigation: Minimise risks associated with establishing a legal entity in a foreign country or navigating international regulations. Local expertise, dedicated specialists and a provider with the required resources and know-how helps you avoid costly missteps and compliance breaches that impact your finances and reputation.
  • Improved efficiency: Providers like TopSource can handle the entire hiring, onboarding and payroll management process for international employees and remote teams overseas. This allows your HR team to alleviate time-consuming admin, overcome tricky global compliance challenges and focus solely on core business operations, boosting productivity. 

Summary

Outsourcing recruitment, onboarding and management of international employees to third-party global HR specialists helps you ensure operational efficiency, conserve resources, save money and enhance compliance capabilities. Global entity management, EOR and payroll responsibilities can be seamless with a provider like TopSource Worldwide. We’ll help you navigate the complexities of international hiring – from compliance and payroll logistics to managing cultural differences – with minimal hassle. 

Learn more about TopSource and our global HR solutions

TopSource is a vastly experienced global employment specialist offering a range of services geared towards streamlining your international workforce management functions. This includes everything from Employer of Record (EOR) and global payroll management services to global entity solutions

We’ll handle the heavy lifting of global hiring, such as payroll, taxes and compliance, freeing your teams up to focus on other areas of the business.

With operations in over 180 countries, TopSource has the experience and resources to be your single point of contact for all your global workforce needs. So, if you’re planning to expand beyond the borders of your home country, or just hire overseas employees, contact us for a consultation now. 

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Nena Petrovic
GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR
Nena Petrovic is the Client Advisor Team Leader at TopSource Worldwide, a leading Global Expansion services provider. She oversees and guides a team of client advisors, who communicate and collaborate with clients effectively. She is responsible for ensuring the accurate and timely processing of client invoices and payroll, as well as developing strategies and maintaining a client-centric approach.

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