Smart companies want to keep their marbles in the game. They want to expand into the global economy rather than hide from it. Smart companies have realized that some genies are never going to be put back in the bottle but not all genies are bad. Business globalization is ultimately a good thing when it is managed wisely.
Of course, companies can only do so much. Equally important is what individuals choose to do. A person might choose not to participate. We can’t help that person. It is up to that individual and we have no control over that outcome. As Thomas L. Friedman writes, business globalization’s irreversibility has radically changed everything about employment and this means that individuals must recognize the individual requirements of this new world:
“To be in the middle class, just working hard and playing by the rules doesn’t cut it any more. To have a lifelong job, you need to be a lifelong learner, constantly raising your game.”
Lifetime job security is dead. What will always remain alive however is lifetime employability. And those that want lifetime employability will do what is necessary to make themselves employable . . . every single day.