Here Are 5 Situations in Which Full-Time, Remote Employees Are Preferable over Outsourcing

It’s time to end your short-term connection with your outsourcing firm and move on to something more permanent.

In the past, outsourcing was often viewed as a cost-effective alternative to recruiting new staff; however, businesses are now beginning to recognise the many benefits that can be gained from having remote workers. Not only does this provide an efficient way to reduce costs, but it also offers a range of advantages that can help organisations to achieve their objectives.

Companies that Outsource Their Work Conflicts Associated with Using Remote Workers

  1. Ignorant of the Message

    You and your outsourcing company aren’t on the same page and a lack of integration is to blame. Geographic proximity isn’t the culprit. An outsourcing company can never adapt to your business because they are their own entity. They will never be “in the loop.” Whether it’s the fluid flow of communication between colleagues, or the company banter that takes place in between tasks, your business is defined by a company culture. This interaction between peers forms the foundation for a successful working environment. And only your own team can provide this. Remote employees are built into the core of your company. You get to know them, and they get to know you – strengthening the working relationship and ultimately, the end result.
  2. Who’s in Charge Here?

    Have you gone overseas to visit the offshore outsourcing offices lately? Probably not. If you did you may be taken aback by processes and methodologies that can conflict with the way you like to get things done. The same principles that made your company a success can be threatened by placing your business in the hands of others. From productivity to staff supervision, you lose the ability to regulate project management. At best, your go-between is an outsourcing manager stretched thin with other clients and forced to divide their attention among several ongoing projects. Hiring remote employees lets you maintain your supervisory roll and oversee all aspects of deliverables. Your success shouldn’t be shrouded in mystery – it should be evident by the team you put in place.
  3. Seeking Qualified Candidates…Anyone

    Don’t run the risk of diving headfirst into the shallow end of the talent pool. If your outsourcing company is the one hiring staff, can you really trust the quality of work? Remote teams are your own employees. They go through a rigorous vetting process, as well as your own interview and hiring procedures. You hand-select remote team members from a pool of highly qualified candidates that meet the standards and criteria your company has put forth for all employees.
  4. A Lot to Hope For

    Dedication and employee longevity are hallmarks of great companies. Freelance staff and outsourcing companies may be an option for the short term, but the bar is set lower than that of a full-time employee. Remote teams are held to the same expectations as staff on-site. Since they aren’t contracted project to project, they are able to look at the bigger picture, and work towards a shared goal with the rest of your company. Remote employees value their position and have a strong desire to grow with your business.
  5. Manufacturing by Numbers

    Outsourced teams seldom work on a single project. Depending on availability of staff, your project could potentially be facilitated by many people in a given day. With multiple editors and contributors, and an inconsistent workflow, the loss of continuity and momentum can negatively affect the outcome of a project.

The proliferation of online tools and increased accessibility has made an impact on the growth of contingent labour. Companies in IT and software development can now benefit from a broader range of skill sets from a global talent pool. When done effectively, global recruitment can help organisations to reduce costs and gain access to top professionals from all areas of the world.

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