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Navigating Internal Transfers: Strategies for Local, Remote, and Global Teams

HR Service Management Use case: Job Change, Internal Transfer and Transitions


In the modern workplace’s new normal—be it local, remote, hybrid, or global—team alignment stands as a critical factor for organizational success. This blog delves into the intricacies of internal transfers, encompassing transitions between departments, shifts in roles within local or global settings, and moves within remote teams. Often overlooked, the onboarding process for internal transfers holds immense significance; assumptions or oversights in this phase can hamper productivity and potentially lead to the loss of valuable resources.

Similar to onboarding new employees, successful internal transfers require meticulous planning and customized strategies.

Understanding Internal Transfers: Local, Remote, and Global

Internal transfers entail movements within the same organization, embracing new roles, relocating to different offices, or transitioning to remote or global teams.

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Essential Elements:

Roles Clarity and Expectations:

It’s crucial to clearly outline the expectations, responsibilities, and objectives of the new role.
Assigning mentors or buddies as points of contact is pivotal.

Establishing clear communication channels for the new team member’s outreach is equally essential.

Local Team Transitions

Team Integration Activities: Foster integration within the local team through team-building activities and social events. Consider using Confluence or Trello boards available in the local office, if present, to share information with the new team member.

Organize a Welcome Event: Encourage networking within the local team to forge strong professional relationships even before the official start of the new role. Incorporating icebreaker conversations and sharing company stories/culture can effectively involve new team members.

Remote Team Transitions

Enhanced Communication Channels: Leverage diverse communication tools to bridge geographical distances and maintain consistent communication. Initiating the onboarding process promptly upon finalization, by sharing information about the team, goals, and upcoming milestones, is crucial as remote team members gain access to internal tools and email.

Scheduled Check-ins and Support: Consistently conduct check-ins and offer continuous support to remote employees during their transition. Harvard Business Review (HBR) underscores the importance of ongoing support in remote work environments.

Global Team Transitions

Cultural Sensitivity Training: Provide cultural sensitivity training to employees transitioning into global teams, emphasizing diverse communication styles and cultural nuances.

Role-Specific Cultural Adaptation: Develop role-based activities that integrate relevant cultural elements, catering to specific job functions within global contexts.

Global Network Building: Encourage employees to establish cross-border connections within the organization, fostering a global network for collaboration.

How OnRamp can help with Internal Transfers and Reboarding?

OnRamp is an easy to use app for orchestrating Onboarding and Offboarding workflows. The app provides configurable flows to support internal transfers and reboarding:

  • Personalize onboarding experience by defining flows specific to geography, roles, other criteria
  • Automate common tasks with integrations to HRIS systems, Talent Management platforms, Identify Management systems
  • Interact with new hires for information sharing and provide visibility into onboarding status to managers, recruiters and others

Here’s a brief demo video showcasing how OnRamp can be used for internal transfers.

Crafting Tailored Strategies for Successful Transitions

Transitions within local, remote, and global teams necessitate tailored strategies acknowledging cultural nuances, role-specific needs, and diverse team dynamics. Avoiding assumptions or overlooking the potential gaps in a new team member’s understanding of the company and team is crucial. Prioritizing effective communication, role clarity, cultural sensitivity, continuous learning, and inclusive practices not only enhances internal transfer experiences but also harnesses the power of diversity, driving organizations towards success in an ever-evolving workplace landscape.



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