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Published 11 months agoΒ β€’Β 3 min read

Paul Arnesen



In this week's newsletter, I spotlight a topic that demands greater attention in our ever-evolving global work landscape: cultural diversity in remote work.

Today borders are not a boundary to where we work as digital technologies connect us across continents. Embracing diverse cultures becomes important for business owners and those seeking to work globally.

Here are my weekly insights.

Global Work Insights

Building Effective Multicultural Teams in Remote Work

Discover the crucial importance of navigating cultural diversity in remote work. In today's globalised business landscape, remote teams with diverse cultural backgrounds are increasingly prevalent. Understanding and managing cultural differences effectively is essential for building successful teams and fostering collaboration.

​Click here to read the article​

Cultural Spotlight

Embracing Diversity in Remote Teams

In remote teams with diverse cultural backgrounds, understanding and appreciating the cultural nuances of different countries can foster a more inclusive and collaborative work environment. Here are 2 examples:


Their culture is known for its vibrant traditions and strong community values. In remote teams, Nigerian team members often bring warmth, empathy, and inclusivity. They prioritize building personal connections and fostering a supportive team atmosphere. Nigerian team members may engage in regular check-ins, show genuine interest in their colleagues' well-being, and contribute to a sense of camaraderie within the remote team.


Their culture is often associated with efficiency, precision, and thoroughness. In remote teams, German members may bring structured approaches to work, emphasizing clear goals, well-defined processes, and attention to detail. They value punctuality and appreciate organized communication channels. German team members can contribute to the remote team by fostering clarity, setting clear expectations, and ensuring efficient workflows.

Success Story

GitLab's Remote Playbook: Empowering Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Remote Work

GitLab's Remote Playbook is well known in the remote work community. What is less spoken about regarding the playbook is how it addresses cross-cultural collaboration and remote work excellence. This playbook is a valuable resource, providing best practices and strategies for effective remote work. Explore the playbook yourself to unlock the potential of cultural diversity, enhance collaboration, and thrive in the global remote work landscape.

​Read the playbook here.​


Book Recommendation

​Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures Without Losing Yourself in the Process" by Andy Molinsky​

Focusing on the importance of cultural adaptation, this book provides practical advice and strategies for working effectively in multicultural environments. It offers tools and frameworks to navigate cultural differences, communicate across cultures, and develop a global mindset.

Article Recommendation

​Three Tips For Success For Internationally Remote Teams​

This Forbes article explores the significance of cross-cultural communication in remote teams and offers practical strategies for successful collaboration. It addresses the challenges of cultural differences and emphasises the importance of effective communication to bridge those gaps. With actionable tips, it guides remote team leaders and members on adapting communication styles, fostering understanding, and building trust within cross-cultural remote teams.

Podcast Recommendation

​The Remote Show by Doist​

This podcast, hosted by Justin Jackson, focuses on remote work and its various aspects. While not exclusively centred on cross-cultural collaboration, the podcast covers topics like virtual team dynamics, effective communication, and fostering a healthy remote work culture. It provides valuable insights for remote workers and team leaders with cross-cultural collaboration challenges.

Learn From An Expert

In his TED talk, Ricardo Fernandez shares his insights on the everyday complexities of remote work and managing a diverse team. With a background spanning multiple countries, he discusses the challenges of cross-cultural communication and the importance of adapting to different interpretations and time management.

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Paul Arnesen


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