Hiring new people can be costly, especially if you’re replacing someone who left. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that employers need to spend anywhere between six to nine months of an employee’s salary to find and train a replacement.
This is because, to get your new hire up to speed and perform in the same caliber (maybe even higher) of the one you lost requires you to spend for advertising, potentially lose money with the interviews (since your company is essentially making your representative pause work while they deal with all the applicants), and spend lots of time on training and on-boarding. Even then, it can take a new employee 2 years just to get to the same level and productivity as their predecessor, while everyone else has to take some of the work in the meantime.
These are the challenges that business owners face, but today’s technological advancements has made it possible to bypass this burden.
Solving the Problem
The most popular solution nowadays is to outsource some of your processes to companies who can provide you with experts that have been hired, trained, and briefed on what they’ll be doing with you. Outsourcing, depending on the field of expertise or industry you’re targeting, can come in many names. BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) has been the most common term for it, but there also exists labels like IT Staffing or Staff Augmentation, to name a few.
The basic concept of outsourcing, according to Entrepreneur.com, is, “[t]he practice of having certain job functions done outside a company instead of having an in-house department or employee handle them; functions can be outsourced to either a company or an individual.”
You are entrusting some of the tasks or functions that would typically be done within your company to someone outside who has the proper expertise for what you need, in the name of increasing productivity and lowering labor costs.
In the Philippines, outsourcing has become the second top earner of foreign exchange, following remittances made by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Despite being a foreign-fueled industry, however, even local companies opt for outsourcing from other local businesses when the need arises.
The Biggest Benefit(s) of Staff Augmentation
There’s no way to go about it – the biggest benefit you have is, obviously, that you don’t have to bother starting from scratch. The hardest challenge for any company when it comes to a newly-hired employee is that they’re still waiting for them to develop before they can actually give you results that can help your bottom line.
In the meantime, everyone else is covering for the workload that should’ve been the newbie’s responsibilities from Day 1 – meaning more work for the same amount of time that they could’ve dedicated to the tasks they should be really doing.
When you outsource your processes, however, you don’t have to worry about whether the person you’re getting is trained enough for the kind of work you’re expecting from them – because they already are. The company that will provide you with the staffing has covered the hiring and training for you, so you can rest easy that you’re getting the best person for your needs. While they do need a bit of time to get used to how your company operates, unarguably, it’ll take them only a fraction of the new hire’s time.
You’re also spending less when you don’t have to be burdened by the process of recruiting and training. The losses you incur with unsuccessful interviews that’s wasting your interviewer’s time, as well as investing in trainings, seminars, and other onboarding basics become significantly less.
Of course, this isn’t to say that you’re wasting your time by trying to hire new people in your company rather than outsourcing your processes. There are also some key benefits to having your own people, signed under your company, than having them be an extension from another source. However, outsourcing has become quite the option for businesses who would want to speed up the process of having an expert onboard that can follow with the flow in as little time as possible.
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