8 Reasons We Love Having An International Team

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Here at Round Feather, we are a truly international team and prefer to have our eggs in culturally diverse baskets. Cultural diversity is sought, encouraged, and cherished as it results in multiple perspectives and different ways of looking at the same problem. Round Feather currently has offices based in the USA, Argentina, Netherlands and India. We asked the team to reflect on how they felt about working together as an international team. Keep reading to find out their thoughts on it!

1. UTOPIA OF LEARNING

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I think part of having employees with different well-rounded educations is being able to experience ways of learning that differ from one’s own.
— Christian, San Diego

Round Feather is a case study in diversity. Not only do the employees hail from various parts of the world, but also from different educational backgrounds. Different education and learning processes make Round Feather a utopia for working and learning. Employees have the chance to partake in a well-rounded learning experience.

2. INTERNATIONAL-IZATION

Because of the sheer cultural diversity, I have gotten to learn about other cultures from coworkers. Something you can tap from in every project.
— Christian, San Diego
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The other aspect of having an international buffet of employees is having the opportunity to learn about other cultures than your own. There’s a good chance that practices and methodologies differ as per cultures and places. Uttering a few syllables in a coherent structured manner is all it takes to start a conversation. Give it a shot. Who knows, you might learn a thing or two about tax systems in different countries, if that’s your thing.

3. SELF AWARENESS THROUGH SENSIBILITY

Being able to tune your language according to who you’re dealing with to achieve effective communication & collaboration is a valuable skill.
— Sofia, Rotterdam

Imagine you’re a pirate from Somalia. For the sake of this argument, you’d be working and collaborating with other Somalian pirates. While this would give you a better understanding of Somalian pirates and their modus operandi, you would still miss the perspective of an Indian captain whose ship is being forcibly taken over. In lesser extreme terms, working in an international team translates to a better understanding of the nuances of communication, mannerisms and quirks that exist within different cultures. Inevitably, this leads to one taking note of one’s own mannerisms and quirks, and keep those in mind while interacting with a person from a different culture. Join your hands in a namaste at the very least, you pirate you.

4. FLEXIBILITY AND OPENNESS

It makes you aware that your own values and beliefs are not universal truths and invites you to have an open mind to adapt and grow.
— Sofia, Rotterdam
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Actions speak the loudest. It’s one thing to acknowledge cultural differences, and another to actually act upon and/or according to it. In our case, acting with regard to cultural backgrounds has made us aware of our own shortcomings, and to a certain extent led to question our values as universal truths. It has definitely made us more flexible and open-minded.

5. PASSING THE BATON

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When we are running behind on a deadline, we can pass on our work to our international colleagues. In that way we make full use of time.
— Tushita, San Diego

Since Round Feather has a global presence, we have teams in different parts of the world (USA, Argentina, Spain, Netherlands). The difference in time zones entails a 24-hour work cycle. When the US office wraps up, the Dutch office is just about to start their day. When tasks pile up (and they do), the team at one of the locations can rely on the other to pick up where the tasks were left off. Sleeping on your problem just got a whole new meaning. 

6. THE GLOBAL IMPACT

We often get to work with multinational companies, which means our work has a direct impact on a global scale.
— Tushita, San Diego
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International teams result in international projects. A lot of work is done for multinational corporations which has its perks. Travelling being one of them. While we can’t claim to see Round Feather plastered in big bold letters across the countries we work in, the aim is to get there eventually. 

7. INSIGHTS AND CREATIVITY ARE ABUNDANT

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Collaborating with a multinational team has added a healthy disruption to our methodology. All of our outputs are always better than the last.
— Madison, San Diego

Collaborating with an international team is an exercise in disruptive thought processing which results in a lot of stepping outside of comfort zones. There’s no dearth of creativity and with every project, the ideas get bigger and bolder. It goes without saying that working at such a firm is a win-win situation for all parties involved.

8. A MORE UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENT

The approach of further questioning, rather than arguing, has led us to achieve a higher quality of communication.
— Madison, San Diego
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The implication of being culturally sensible presents itself in the form of a more understanding environment. Combine it with a collectively curious mindset and you’ve got yourself a winning personality. Arguments become conversations with constructive criticism. As a result, finger-pointing and name-calling is also kept to a minimum (if not completely eradicated).