Human Resource Outsourcing Trends for the Future

Human Resource Outsourcing Trends for the Future

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

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.

Selective outsourcing

Selective outsourcing

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

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.

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4 Things You Need to Know If You Want to Do Business in Asia

Ever since we entered the 21st century a lot of things have changed rapidly in business. The advancement of technology and the global use of the internet has created many opportunities around the globe. Today there are fewer business barriers than ever before as the whole world is completely connected.

Entrepreneurs and companies can easily get in touch with someone across the globe or acquire information that they need to start their business incentives abroad. Asia is becoming one of the hot markets for business investments, as this region is opening up to the West and offering many opportunities, given the fact that the market is still not saturated.

This is why a lot of people are looking to do some business in the East, no matter if we are talking about finding outsourcing partners or starting up new offices in Asian countries. However, there are certain specifics you need to know about Asia from a business perspective to make sure that everything goes as planned.

1. You will have to connect with locals to help you

A lot of people make a terrible mistake by thinking that they can do everything on their own, without anyone’s help. Even if you travel to the country that you want to do business in, you will never be able to make all the arrangements on your own.

There are many reasons for this. First of all, Asians are unlikely to get into business with a foreigner instantly and give their trust right away. You will need a person that knows the laws, the business environment and has the connections needed to “break into” the market

2.  Understand “the concept of face.”

This is a very important thing when it comes to business in Asia. Simply put, this concept means that you need to avoid shaming anyone with whom you do business and blaming them directly, even if they are the ones responsible for the mistakes that have been made.

When someone “loses face,” it basically means that they lost their reputation as a business person and this might mean the end of your cooperation for good. Be mild when telling someone that they are wrong and always take a part of the blame on yourself as well.

For example, if someone doesn’t understand what you are proposing, excuse yourself and say that you are not clear enough and this is how the whole situation can be resolved without the person losing face.

3. Culture is very important

Bear in mind that Asia is culturally very different than the West and that they pay a lot of attention to things that might not even be considered when doing business in Western countries. In Asia, respect and courtesy matter, so you need to have an open relationship with people.

When someone is aggressive and overly ambitious here, they are considered to be inexperienced. Learn some local expressions if you cannot comprehend the language, as this shows that you respect the country you are in. Also, make sure that your business incentives don’t clash with the religious beliefs in the country you are in.

4. Luxurious brands are well-received in Asia

Luxurious western brands which sell “cool” stuff are usually accepted quite readily by the Asian people. Asia is becoming more and more connected to the West, and people there love adopting Western culture and gadgets, as they find them incredibly cool. Still, it’s important that your products deliver the user experience that is promised or your audience will quickly turn on you.

Remember that Asia is a growing market and that there are many business opportunities lurking in this part of the world. In the end, make sure that you respect the country that you want to do business in, and that you never think of Asia as one big country, as there are many differences between all the different countries.