Global Teams that Work: The Secret Sauce with 5 Essential Ingredients

We recently shared 3 easy steps to managing remote teams, and now we’re adding the secret sauce; that finishing touch to build global teams that work. We’ve discovered five essential ingredients that help your global teams thrive!

Global Teams

While having the right platform is essential for improving team collaboration and productivity, acknowledging employees’ individual needs within that platform outside of their work roles is just as important.

Employees have different personalities and with that individual preferences, interests and workstyles. It’s crucial, especially in global teams, to have a versatile platform that offers virtual spaces where employees can share more about themselves.

When you’re working inside an office, it’s easy to run into a colleague at the watercooler, swing by someone’s office or catch up in the lunchroom. It’s almost effortless to build positive relationships when you have multiple opportunities for informal interactions every day. It’s different when you manage employees who are solely interacting with each other online. It’s much easier to “skip the small talk” and get right to it and sometimes avoid any interaction altogether. Yet, it is those casual conversations that are key to building global teams that work.

For this reason, we’re sharing our secret sauce with 5 essential ingredients to help your global team thrive!

1.Customized profiles

Have the option to add a bit of personality to online work profiles is super beneficial to global teams. When employees can customize their profiles, they become more approachable when sharing a little bit more about who they are and what they like.

2. One-on-one virtual coffee dates

Scheduling one-on-one time between colleagues for the purpose of building relationships is a must. With a customizable profile, employees can add a conversation starter section such as, “You can ask me about _____,” and include 3-5 things they’d be happy to discuss. This information becomes useful for when their virtual coffee date comes around to help them start building those more intimate connections!

3. Fun discussion threads

Pre-set some discussion threads such as #watercooler to help get your employees started. Engage some of your employees in the pre-set threads that focus on interesting ideas and topics, and encourage them to start threads of their own.

4. Personal announcements

Did Sarah get married? Did John recently have his 50th birthday? Internal newsletters are great in general, but when you include employees’ personal announcements, it builds deeper connections and takes your global team culture to a whole other level.

5. Emojis & gifs!

At, we love them! Emojis and gifs a great way to express your individuality and they add a little spice to any casual conversation.