Management – Offshore Outsourcing
It is now widely accepted that outsourcing is not just a cheap labor tactic, but also a strategic business decision. However, ethics and outsourcing continue to be burning issues for many businesses who want to make the move to outsourcing. Quality, control and cultural differences are a few concerns that keep coming up when one talks about the risks of outsourcing. For more than a decade, Outsource2india has worked with customers across the globe. One of our primary tasks has been to strengthen relationships by letting our work speak for itself. Through these relationships we have been able to demonstrate that instead of outsourcing harming jobs, it has in fact given more freedom to companies to operate competitively and be successful. Companies that outsource have often had to face resistance and complaints about a drop in quality when moving jobs. In the early days, outsourcing was seen as a cost-saving measure, with an expectation of low-quality output. Things have changed drastically since then. Outsourcing relationships now define quality as one the main deliverables, among others. Data security and privacy measures need to be put in place, whether a company is planning to outsource or not. Confidentiality agreements, firewalls, SLAs and solid infrastructure are some parameters one needs to look at when entering into an outsourcing arrangement. Cultural differences between the West and Asian countries are huge, and are often a cause for worry in an outsourcing relationship. But these can be bridged by understanding the cultural sensitivities and how they can affect the outsourcing relationship. This needs to be done early in the relationship to avert any issues that can crop up later. That said, a lot of Indian companies are now sensitized and trained in Western cultures, which help reduce any culture shock. Offshore outsourcing is something that is providing business to thousands, employing millions of people. Also,...
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