It’s time to head to the southern part of the northern hemisphere—as we land in Mexico, known for giving the world tequila, chocolate and Salma Hayek, and lesser known for giving that same world the color TV and indelible ink. This economic powerhouse is also a place where hugs and personal chitchat are welcome at work.
Plant a pin in this third stop on our ‘round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
Business and personal boundaries blur…
… and watch what you wear and what you criticize
Fast Culture Facts for Mexico
- 127 million – with a population density of 57 people per square kilometer.
- 54 million employed – with a labor participation rate slightly lower than the USA’s. Women make up about 37 percent of the workforce.
- Mexico’s GDP is $2.4 trillion, representing almost 2 percent of the global economy, making it the 11th largest economy in the world, and the second largest in Latin America (Brazil is No. 1). Among its biggest industries are industries are food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, petroleum, motor vehicles and tourism. It’s weather, culture and lower cost of living attract more people from the U.S. than the other way around. A major economic and social challenge for Mexico has been battling entrenched drug cartels and corruption.
- Mexico is a very ethnically diverse nation. Most of its citizens have Spanish and indigenous heritage, but there are also large populations of Lebanese, Chinese and Japanese immigrants. The nation has made progress on gender inclusion in the workplace, though women still lag behind men in salary, workforce participation and in leadership posts. Mexico has been very progressive on LGBTQ rights, doubling the number of employers committed to LGBTQ inclusion in 2018 and protecting LGBTQ citizens from employment and housing discrimination.
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