Managing people on a project team or in a department is always a challenge. Different personalities, different assignments, conflicts arise, egos get in the way – often just keeping things straight in your online project management software schedule is challenge enough. There is always something that will keep a project manager or department manager busy handling his assigned resources. Now, toss in the fact that one or more – or all – of your resources are scattered around the country or around the world and you have new challenges. Some may be 2-3 hours ahead or behind you – or they may be on another continent and be 8 hours ahead or behind you. There may be language barriers, customs and traditions to handle as well. What are the biggest challenges that can arise from managing resources on critical tasks like a major project when everyone isn’t located in the same building or even time zone?