Glenside Future Problem Solvers

Coaches: Mrs. Pasternack & Mrs. Rickel

Next meeting: February 17

We will be meeting at 8:00 am on February 17 in the library.

How can Parents help?

Please ask your child what acronym he/she is responsible for memorizing. Also ask your child to name a possible challenge that falls in those categories related to a Global Workplace. This week, we will brainstorm solutions.
Inside Google's Offices

Last week we reviewed the acronyms that each student is to memorize for the bowl

CAB: Maggie, Sophie, Sam, Monique, Sofia

BET: Tabitha, Esther, Christian, Will, Caroline

PLEDGE: Aidan, Keegan, Jack, Cailyn, Maya, Myanah

STREP: Isaac, Liam, Peter, Reilly, Amelia

A HUGE thank you to Isaac's mom for leading a great discussion!

We were fortunate to have Isaac's mom join us this week to discuss how the Global Workplace impacts her job. She explained that she works for a company that is an international developer, manufacturer and distributor of pharmaceuticals.

After listening to the informative description, the FPS students brainstormed challenges that Isaac's mom may face in each FPS category. Some that they came up with included:

Physical Health: Due to the time differences in different countries, global workers may have days where they work 20+ hours straight. If it is 1:30 in Glenside and you have a problem that requires the help of a coworker in Shanghai, the employee in Shanghai would be sleeping since it would 1:30 in the morning there. You might have to wait until 8:00 at night Glenside time to get your question answered. If the project is due the next morning, you would have to work on it through the night.

Law & Justice: Global companies need to abide by the local rules and regulations in the countries where they operate. Since not all countries have the same laws, it is important to understand them to avoid fines or being arrested.

Education: If your coworkers do not work in the same facility, state or country as you, it may make it difficult to have a coworker teach you how to improve your ability to perform a specific task.

Defense: Not every country is as safe as the US to work/travel. If you work for a global company, you may be asked to be transferred or to do training in a company where you do not feel safe.

Government & Politics: Some governments in other areas of the world may not want to trade with the US in order to protect their cultural, political or economic structure of their country.

Environment: When US companies have plants in other countries, they need to be aware that the clean air/pollution regulations may differ from those in the US. If not monitored well, their company might be causing pollution overseas.


Business & Commerce: the Global Workplace has an impact on every area of business and commerce

Ethics & Religion: It is important to know the holidays that occur in the countries where your coworkers live. If you are up against a deadline and your coworker is off for a week due to a holiday in their country that is not celebrated in the US, you may not be able to complete your work on time.

Technology: With technology changing at rapid rates, it is important for all coworkers working on the same project to know how to use the same technology.


Social Relationships: When your coworkers live in other countries and speak other languages, it is difficult to form a close relationship with them.

Transportation: If your company has various offices across the globe, you may need to travel frequently.

Recreation: When parents work fluctuating hours across time zones, they often do not have as much fun free time with their children.

Economics: With a global workplace, the US economy may not have as much money if goods are made more overseas.

Psychological Health: Without making close friends at work due to working at home or having coworkers speaking foreign languages, you may not be as happy.


Communication: When you communicate with coworkers via technology or interpreters, their can be communication breakdowns.

Arts and Aesthetics: When making labels and marketing materials for global consumers, you need to consider whether certain colors or symbols that are pleasing in the US have negative meanings in other countries.

Basic needs: If companies hire more employees overseas to save money because some countries can pay under minimum wage, US citizens may have a hard time getting jobs which may result in not being able to pay for food, clothing or shelter.


Solutions: in order for Employers in the Future to retain the best people... they may need to spoil their employees

Here are some ways companies are currently catering to their employees desires...

  • a Wi-Fi equipped bus drives the employees to the office each day
  • a snack pantry is stocked each day
  • onsite gym with workout classes
  • child care facilities on location
  • unlimited vacation days
  • a game room in office including ping-pong, pool, video games, board games, foosball, puzzles
  • ice cream socials
  • season tickets to professional sports games
  • forbids sending work emails on holidays and weekends
  • standing workstations
  • hammocks

Six-Steps to Problem Solving

1. Identify Challenges to the topic or Future Scene.

2. Select an Underlying Problem.

3. Produce Solution Ideas to the Underlying Problem.

4. Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas.

5. Apply Criteria to Solution Ideas.

6. Develop an Action Plan.