Challenges and Benefits of Global Teams 2019

A collaborative research project between SHRM and Globalization Partners, exploring the HR perspective on working with globally distributed teams.


SHRM and Globalization Partners collaborated to better understand how companies and HR professionals see global teams, including the benefits and challenges of having employees distributed all around the globe. 

Overall, the study found that the outlook for global teams is excellent, and that global teams provide several important benefits to organizations. The study also highlighted specific pain points in working with globally distributed teams, including communication issues, cultural and legal gaps, and difficulties working across time zones. 

The study also found that global teams are highly collaborative, while being comparatively low maintenance. While there is still work to be done to optimize the function of globally distributed teams, the SHRM/Globalization Partners report indicates that they will continue to grow as time goes on and the remaining challenges are addressed.

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