At a recent TAG Atlanta – HR forum, I and a group of panelists discussed “The Changing Face of Employment”. One of the questions that was posed was what effect offshoring would have on the IT employment environment and whether we felt that the trend to offshore would continue, grow or diminish over time.
The answer is yes… as business continues to expand globally, it only makes sense for companies to seek better, more efficient ways to deliver value to their customers at a competitive and profitable price. From a talent or human resource standpoint, offshoring, onshoring any shoring, is a necessary and viable potential resource to do just that.
So how does that effect employees, or potential employees? It’s recognition that competition for what you do may be greater than it has been in the past. From a Company of 1 perspective, it is encumbent upon you to recognize that your potential customers (employers) may be involved in using “shoring” as a tactic or strategy to profitably deliver the value necessary to their customers.
So recognize it, and develop your approach to detail and communicate the advantages of using your Company of 1 services that can deliver the value they need at a price they can afford. What are the advantages? Well, it will be slightly different for each potential employer. If it is technology, it may be that being local allows for more effective management, better quality control, flexibility in programming, time to market etc. The key is to identify how your “company” can be a more effective (meaning can add to the bottom line) resource than other “shoring” choices….
The fundamental shift in your thinking is not in whether a company will off shore your job or if a potential employer will do that, the question you need to be thinking about is what is the best choice for a company to make from their perspective, which will drive the business forward? If there is a real case for “youshoring“, it needs to make sense from a business perspective, it needs to add value and it needs to help drive the business forward. If you can’t make that business case, then recommend that they move off shore, onshore, rural shore, anyshore…. BUT, If you can make a sound business case for “youshoring”, then the customer (employer) wins, AND your Company of 1 wins!