HR people around the world cannot keep their findings together and decide whether outsourcing is something that should be done at all costs or is it better to keep all your jobs in-house. The research and surveys being done have not yet provided conclusive evidence for either of these options, but, the trends in the world seem to gravitate towards outsourcing, as more and more companies find talent and skill elsewhere and are ready for it.
Add to that the ever-present necessity to save money, and you get companies outsourcing in less-developed countries, where sufficient (and even great) skill can be found for significantly less.
Over the course of the previous years, a few trends in outsourcing have emerged and these are the ones we think you should pay attention to in the future.
Keep switching to the cloud
With outsourcing being so widespread, switching to the cloud seems like the only clever option, since the majority of your work isn’t between your colleagues anymore. The people you outsource the job to need quick access to the data that is relevant to them, while you can be sure that the cloud security will protect the information that is stored. This way, you can outsource a job to an HR company that is miles away from you, even on another continent, and still have the work done efficiently as if they were in the next room.
I mentioned in the beginning that the HR community is unsure whether outsourcing or in-house jobs are better. Well, this is something in between. Selective outsourcing means that you will assess the skills available in-house and then outsource in the fields that you find lacking.
For example, if you are an engineering company and have a lot of talented architects, you are not going to outsource architectural services, but you might need help with data mining and analysis, as architects are not really good data miners. And that’s the whole point – play to your strengths in-house, and outsource what you don’t have the skills for.
Use of social media as a recruiting and driving tool
Social media is everywhere, and by it I don’t mean only Facebook and Instagram. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the platforms focused on business – platforms like LinkedIn – where the sole purpose of member profiles is to show their professional skill and talents that they have. This makes it easier for HR personnel to seek potential new employees, as their CVs are already there, as well as their past experiences.
Also, the use of other social networks makes it easier to plan and organize, with groups, group chats, and specialized social networks for work organization all allowing faster communication between the employer and the employees.
Being in line with the current trends of globalization, outsourcing is definitely here to stay. And, since that is the case, if you have a need for outsourcing in the future, be sure to follow these trends. Like I said, HR professionals are still unsure whether outsourcing is a good thing, but in my past experiences, it has shown to be extremely valuable to business owners, if done right.