A recent survey says the number of people in the global workforce will reach 3.5 billion by 2030 — and still, there will be a shortage of skilled workers. This will result in increased global competition for talent. Organizations & teams will need new skills, attitudes, and behaviors that help to work in a global environment. One shall need to become more flexible and adaptable and think beyond boundaries.
To embrace globalization following four key factors can make a huge difference:
- Ability to adapt differences:
It means the ability to adapt work practices that may seem culturally foreign. This is an important one because global work will bring employees in contact with cultural differences and culturally diverse practices. However, the ability to adapt smartly to these differences could be the difference between success and failure. And two, ability to adapt difference makes work life easier in a global organization because employees are open to learning and exploring new territories.
- Looking for common factors among cultures:
This makes it easier for the employees to accept the differences in the culture. For example, a French employee would find similarity with a Japanese co-worker by understanding that both the cultures are result oriented and focus on continual improvement of processes. Looking for common factors is very important for a global workplace because it brings employees from diverse cultures closer, which in turn renders to be more effective and efficient collaboration and teamwork.
Share a sense of belonging to the global organization: Share a sense of belonging to the global organization, as this will make it easier for you to relate to the values and goals of the organization. For nurturing job satisfaction, commitment, and better performance you need to be one with the organization globally.
- Global Interaction:
Research says that when interactions are high, there is a greater ability to develop trust and shared vision among international co-workers. Interactions are also an important factor for sharing knowledge across locations. As such, knowledge sharing across boundaries can become more explicit; sharing information or best practices can become more advantageous, and learning from one another’s common experiences can quicken the spread of business competencies across the global organization.
The above-mentioned attitudes and behaviors are what make a successful global corporate player. However, you might have already adopted few, or all, in your current job role. Or maybe you’re looking for ways to advance yourself and your team members. In either case, we can pick up from above pointers and become global players, thus helping our organizations to strengthen their global presence.
Have a Transforming Tuesday!