What is the biggest limitation to having a remote team?

Different time schedules/time zones.47%

Lack of technology allowing for meaningful or productive communication.36%

Clash of cultures in different countries.12%

Other, please specify.4%


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Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
Collaborative technologies are critical for the success of a multi-geographic team.  Cultural awareness also has a major impact across international boundaries, especially between high-context and low-context cultures.  occasional in-person meetings really help
CTO in Media, 2 - 10 employees
Face to face time is critical, therefore constant travel is a must. All the time invested on the road is time of lesser productivity. 
CTO, 11 - 50 employees
The timezone is definitely one of the limitations that you will run into. This is a common problem. Anytime you start a new location, which is not in the same time zone or within 50 miles of driving time you will end up creating two different micro-cultures that will have conflicts and clashes. Unless there’s commitment and dedication from both the parties who are committed to making this relationship successful, it will always be a challenge.
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GVP in Software, 10,001+ employees

Great point Ashit, thanks for sharing. How do you overcome this?

ISSO and Director of the IRU in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
They miss in person and networking opportunities
CIO in Miscellaneous, 201 - 500 employees
I find the remote developers create their own backchannel talk and like to blame all issues on the users.  When they are in the office, we hear these conversations and can put a stop to them.  If the users are using the system incorrectly, then the development teams needs to make the system easier to use so the users use it properly
CISO in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
If you don't have the same virtual meeting etiquette, this can be a real blocker. E.g. people with video off, others with it on, you need similar ways that you will work virtually that foster belonging and connection.
CIO in Education, 201 - 500 employees
I'd say lack of leadership knowing how to properly manage/engage a remote team. Much Zoom happy hour fluff, little productive remote engagement.
VP, Information Technology in Consumer Goods, 10,001+ employees
Right now… COVID travel restrictions meaning we cannot do face to face events.

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