3. INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY TOOLS
Technology makes it possible for global teams to collaborate in real time. However, there is significant room for error with this workflow. Conference lines drop calls. Videoconferencing tools stop working. Email and IM go down.
As part of the survey you’re running in step #1, conduct a technology audit. Ask team members what technology pain points they’re experiencing and what workplace strategy solutions or ideas they recommend for a smoother office experience.
When it comes to productivity and creativity, your office is only the first step. It’s equally important to bridge connections between worldwide offices. The easier it is to talk, the more effectively you can communicate.
4. HIRE AN OFFICE DESIGNER OR CONSULTANT
Don’t force team members to take time away from their days to create a “decorating committee.” Instead, work with an established culture designer. This individual will have likely worked with offices—and teams—that are similar to yours. He or she has exposure to a number of organizations that are going through what your team is experiencing right now, and can suggest best practices that can make a real difference.