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How to Build and Manage a Globally Distributed Team in 2021

Today, more and more businesses are warming up to the concept of building globally distributed teams. However, one of the primary concerns that some organisations still have regarding offshoring their processes is security.

Decades of low-quality outsourcing and exaggerated horror stories about offshore security breaches have led to businesses questioning the security of their confidential data with their remote team. And therefore, to mitigate security risks and protect sensitive data, companies must know and implement fundamental cybersecurity measures when working with their teams — offshore or otherwise.

Remote work offers businesses significant advantages like access to a talent pool that isn’t geographically limited, cost-effective operations, and the ability to scale at speed. However, building and managing a globally distributed team can be challenging if you don’t implement the right hiring and remote work strategies.

Here are three tips that you can implement while building a globally distributed team in 2021:

1. Finding the right talent

When you’re building a globally distributed team, there are several ways through which you can source talent. Hiring freelancers, offshoring your processes to a third-party vendor, or building a dedicated team are some of the more popular options.

Irrespective of the model you implement, ensure that you’ve established a strong hiring process — one that allows you to access the best talents in the industry that can contribute to the growth of your business. Utilize job listings, your extended network, social media, or even a recruitment agency to help you with this step.


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2. Developing a remote work strategy

A comprehensive remote work strategy ensures that there are clear guidelines, policies, and plans regarding communication, engagement, culture, IT security, and performance. Presenting this strategy to your remote team will help them see the big picture and appreciate their contribution to the grand scheme of things. It also helps them understand how their products will be measured, how data will be shared, and which tools and processes to use.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. And it boils down to this — in cybersecurity, the more systems we secure, the more secure we all are.- Jeh Johnson, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security

3. Practicing effective communication

Maintaining effective communication when working with globally distributed teams can be a challenge. And that’s why it’s important to equip your team with all the tools they need to work efficiently.

Emails, instant messaging tools like Slack, and video conferencing tools like Zoom are some of the basic tools that you must use daily. And if you’re working with teams across different time zones, it is best to incorporate asynchronous communication that allows team members to share information and collaborate despite their availability or schedule.

4. Choosing the right partner

And last, but certainly not the least, choosing the right offshore partner is key. The right partner will not only ensure that all cybersecurity measures are in place but will also tailor security measures based on your business requirements, such as mirroring the protocols you use at home and providing cybersecurity training modules to all your employees.

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