Now before you start calling me all kinds of nasty names because I am encouraging “outsourcing” hear me out. First of all I am not suggesting "off shoring". I know businesses use the argument that the cost of doing business outside of the US is lower so it makes more economic sense blah, blah, blah! Maybe it does, I’m not qualified to make that call either way and that’s not the direction I’m going in. I am a red blooded, hard working American who wants to see more people happy about their jobs and banking a pay check not looking for work.
The case I’m making is for the over worked, stressed out employees who have been asked to do more and more with less and less. Many of them are at their breaking point but too afraid to leave the security of a bad job for no job at all. Low morale, being over worked and feeling unappreciated are leading complaints among many employees. It can negatively affect overall company performance. What’s a business to do? How about considering outsourcing? Here are four key benefits of a successful outsourcing partnership.
- Cost - In addition to salary, benefits and overhead costs for a full time employee it also costs time and resources for training. Being already stretched thin you probably don’t have extra resources available. Outsourcing offers the benefit of only paying for staffing when it is needed and utilizes already trained - ready to start - resources. This allows you to deploy your current staff to critical business operations.
- Specialization - Does your current staff have the knowledge and skills necessary to execute all of the specialized functions you need? If not, how will you compensate? You don’t have the time or resources to train someone internally. Asking someone to take on a responsibility they are not trained to handle sets them up for failure. Utilizing a vendor with specialized skills relieves that pressure and gets you the expertise you need.
- Focus – Can you afford to have your current staff distracted from their primary responsibilities? What risk does the error of getting it wrong pose to your bottom line? Having staff focus on too many things guarantees that the quality of everything will suffer.
- Technology – Technology is the name of the game. You want to keep up. You need to keep up but it can be expensive. What if you want or need to utilize a new technology but can’t afford to invest upfront? Partnering with a third party who is able to make that investment is a great way to “try before you buy” and it can be a financial win for both of you.