There is a lot of negative press about companies off-shoring jobs to India or the Philippines.
If you read an article about jobs going offshore and hiring offshore you hardly expect it to be a positive news article.
Politicians use off-shoring for their own advantage
Politicians LOVE it when there is an enemy. Their popularity and approval ratings go through the roof when they have someone or something to rally against. Putin in Russia during their elections was using anti-American rhetoric to rally the population of Russia. US leaders did a similar thing, taking advantage of an “enemy” to build their own popular support.
Politicians use “offshore jobs” as another way to create an enemy. The enemy is the countries that are “stealing the jobs”. This is a very nationalistic way to think about things. My country deserves the jobs, but your country does not.
Who deserves the jobs more?
If you are thinking only about your own country then you are going to be upset when jobs “move” from your country to another country. If you think of yourself as a citizen of the world, then you certainly wouldn’t be upset.
Imagine that a business in Los Angeles moves its office from one side of the city to the other. The jobs that were in one neighborhood move to another neighborhood in Los Angeles. Can you imagine protests about this? Of course not.
However if you’re a citizen of the world, then jobs moving from the US to India is the same thing psychologically. Moving from one neighborhood of the world to another.
A job for one person does not mean that another person loses their job
The media focuses on the idea of jobs being “lost” to another country. If you look at an isolated case, it might seem like this is what is happening in one company. This is just the small picture view of the economy as a whole.
There are benefits to everyone when companies move jobs offshore. The company benefits by becoming more competitive, the person offshore benefits by getting a better job with better pay and improving their skills, consumers benefit by getting more competitive products and services and the person onshore who lost their job can also benefit in the long term. It might seem like a dead end for this person or might seem like they have lost.
In the long term however they benefit by being exposed to new opportunities in their advanced economy.
Businesses that outsource globally are more competitive
Let’s say you want to hire a web developer for your business. You decide to look in your street (population 40 people).
Will you find a great developer to work for your business?
It’s going to be difficult. There might be one developer, but likely they’re not available or aren’t exactly the right person you are looking for. You expand out to your neighborhood (10,000 people). While it’s possible that you could find a great web developer in your neighborhood, why not expand to looking in your city? Or why not expand to looking in your entire country?
And if you’re thinking globally, consider hiring across the entire world.
This way of thinking; globally rather than locally, is a competitive advantage in your business. There are resources in terms of suppliers, employees, technology that are available around the world and not in your local area.
Ultimately our philosophy with Staff.com is that the best person deserves to get the job, no matter where they are around the globe.
Distance does not matter. Skills, dedication to the job and the ability to do a great job a reasonable price, these are the things that matter when hiring someone.
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