Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hire or not to hire?

Hire or not to hire, that is the question. Searching, hiring, training, paying a full time employee, managing personnel, sick days, maternal leaves, vacations, accidents, resignation - that is all a lot of in-house staff.
To give an answer to the title won’t be an ungrateful thing to do, because some employers are for outsourcing staff others are for insourcing staff. Controversy and a conflict of opinion over this matter will continue to exist. Yes, tastes differ, as people say one man’s meat is another’s man poison. What I’ll do is just state the benefits of hiring remote employees. Here they are…
You don't have to provide desks and office space. You avoid office overhead costs, such as office rent and phone, electricity charges, and all the other little things than having an office involves.
You don't have to calculate and pay sick pay, vacation pay, maternity leave, health insurance, superannuation, family leave or whatever complications apply in your country.
You don't have to wade through the red tape that having employees involves. Indeed, a lot of "bookwork" is involved when an employee simply wants to arrange a long weekend off and take one day's vacation pay.
Outsourcing is usually much cheaper. You pay a contracted rate, negotiated between you and the contractor.
Having remote workers gives you more freedom. You can run your online business from anywhere that Internet access is available. You can travel, spend time with relatives, have long weekends away from home, and so on.
There’s one more factor, psychological. Hiring part-time workers who are efficient specialists can reduce your stress. One of the big benefits of outsourcing is that you can hire people who actually like doing fiddly stuff.
Moreover, hiring a specialized expert, as well as freeing you for tasks you do best, gives you peace of mind because you know the task is being done accurately.
Outsourcing work is very useful when you just have occasional tasks that need doing - you don't have to worry about trying to keep someone fully occupied in productive, revenue-generating activity every day.
You can keep confidential business methods secret by splitting up tasks among a bunch of remote workers, so that each one sees and understands only a very small proportion of your process.
Training usually isn't necessary because you hire freelancers who already have the skills you require.
You now have employees to manage. You need management skills. Your library will probably have dozens of good books on the subject, but do you have the time to read any of them? You also need patience and empathy and need to have the right personality to manage staff.
The decision of outsourcing or insourcing doesn’t depend only on your business situation, but also on your personality I consider. Outsourcing and hiring remote workers are for those who value his own privacy and freedom, for those who don’t want to discuss things face to face and manage personnel. And nevertheless it’s up for you to choose and decide.

My article is based on the materials of the Article by Allan Gardyne “Hiring Versus Pitsourcing”

1 comment:

  1. I like that you highlight main ideas, thus I can scan post but not to read the whole post.


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