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BEGlobal: Pros and Cons of Working in a Global Environment

Globalisation has introduced many changes in international society in economical, political, social and cultural terms. Some changes are positive, as we are able to communicate in different ways with different parts of the world using technology. However there are challenges, such as new forms of social interaction between parents, friends and colleagues. These topics will be discussed at our event on the 14th November at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London.

The clearest way to see how globalisation transcends geographical boundaries is through technology. For example, I originally come from Mexico and I am able to speak and see family and friends in real time via Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger etc. This somehow reduces the distances and allows us to be in touch frequently. If a new version of an iPhone is launched in the United States, the following week it is also available in China, Korea and Australia with the same characteristics. Another example, in the political and cultural arena, is the recent approval of women to drive in Saudi Arabia. This may be something common in many parts of the world but not for some countries in the Middle East, where it appears that they are opening their doors to new behaviors.

Globalisation also often requires parents -men and women- to dedicate more time to their jobs either for economical or career development reasons. The consequence of this is the lack of quality time that it is dedicated to the education and care of children, who risk growing into adults with an insufficient guidance. Another example of the lack of social interaction is the abusive use of social media to communicate with peers, reducing and discouraging the opportunity to meet in person and create strong relationships. One of my best friends, who works in a recognised international company, told me one day that she enjoyed the opportunities of working flexible hours and in different locations around the world. However, she missed the interaction with colleagues when she is in a physical office, as at the end of her work journey there was hardly anyone to have a drink with.

To summarise, we have several examples of how globalisation has introduced advantages but also disadvantages to international society. The best way to take advantage of its benefits, might be by finding a balance between the availability of resources and preservation of our essential human values. If you want to know more about alternatives on how to face some of the mentioned challenges, do not miss our event “BEGlobal” on the 14th November, where there will be opportunities to discuss these topics with experienced professionals in the international environment.