What is a global virtual team?

Learn more about what makes a global team different than a traditional one, and why it may be beneficial to create one.

Today, work teams come in many different forms. Where some may share local office space, others may be scattered across different continents and gather only in the virtual space. That’s one element of a global team. Let’s dive deeper into what exactly makes a team a global one, and why these types of teams are a necessary force in the workplace.

Global virtual team definition.

In a classic business model, employees typically work in the same office. A global team, on the other hand, consists of employees who work remotely across different countries and time zones.

When you are part of this type of team, the virtual space is your common meeting ground. Teammates ditch the physical office setup and more traditional approach to take advantage of different types of software and technology to connect and collaborate with one another.

Why might a global team exist?

Global teams typically — though not always — exist when a company has an interest in more than one market. For example, Apple, Inc., has operations in markets literally across the globe, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Sometimes, a global team simply exists because your teammates live in different areas, regardless of the market interest. As remote work becomes more and more common, companies can essentially recruit top talent from anywhere in the world, creating a robust and exciting team to work alongside. It can even be beneficial to have some of these teammates working in different time zones to cover various hours or shifts, especially if customer service is a factor in your business.

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