How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

Over the years, working in management roles 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 part of the global organization.

Managers at global headquarters are often thrown into a role where they inherit remote employees and simply don't have a clue on how to manage them. Managing someone under the same roof and managing someone half way across the world from you, takes a completely different set of management skills and techniques. Unfortunately, most corporate managers rarely get training in this area, and the ones who suffer 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. 

How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

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 with 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 the global environment. 

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer - This is another great book which 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. Very interesting read, whether you work in the global space or not. Even if you are just curious to learn about other people's cultures.


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