It could be said that 2016 has been a most unusual year. This has been commented on in every form of media, across dining tables and in bars up and down the UK and across the world. What will 2017 bring? Well, if 2016 has shown us anything, the answer to that has to be “who knows?”
I have been thinking about how the increasing trend away from globalisation and towards isolationism at a national level does not seem to align with the day to day life of much of the population. Whether it is ideas or holiday photos, sharing is much more of “a thing” than it ever was and this is happening across the world. Popularity of social media sites like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter confirm this. From my own observations, people are travelling more and forming friendships and long-term relationships with those from other lands. And, of course, there is global availability of data – at the touch of a button, or the swipe of a screen, you can find information or listen to the radio in other countries.
The trend of isolationism is also counter to our thinking here at RGL. One of our team from Santiago, Chile has started a six month desk swap with one of our London colleagues via our Employee Exchange Program. Participants are able to experience the language and culture of a very different country to their home. Further, their professional armoury will be enhanced by learning different ways of working and an understanding of how business works in another part of the world. They will return to their respective home offices with a rich experience which will no doubt influence their futures in some way or other. That seems a very “good thing” to me. Over the last decade or so, we have trained colleagues as forensic accountants in the UK and they have stepped out into the world to forge longer term futures in another region. Right now, leaders in our New York, Santiago and Dubai offices are ex-UK trainees. Additionally, other ex-UK trainees are working in our Frankfurt, Sydney and Singapore offices. The politics of our world may be veering towards isolationism but at RGL we are definitely still going global!