"Outsourcing allows companies to offload work that isn't part of their core business. It also saves money" - New York Times
The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) conducted a survey of hundreds of companies about their outsourcing habits and hear's what they found are the six most common reasons that companies outsource.
- 26% of companies outsource to save money - this isn't terribly surprising - what company doesn't want to pinch pennies where they can?
- 23% of companies outsource to focus on strategy - spreading yourself too think what all of the administrative tasks doesn't leave a lot of time for planning, so this makes sense.
- 22% of companies outsource to improve compliance - it is increasingly challenging to stay in compliance and increasingly risky to not meet requirements so outsourcing this risk is beyond smart
- 18% of companies outsource to improve accuracy - if you've got too much on your plate (and who doesn't) accuracy may fall by the wayside, so this also makes sense
- 18% of companies outsource due to a lack of experience in-house- knowing your weaknesses is as important as knowing your strengths, so handing off a task you know you can't handle properly to someone with expertise is a great business decision
- 18% of companies outsource to take advantage of technological advances - with big data worth tapping into, but costly technology needed to really delve into strategic analytics, outsourcing can offer solutions without a significant investment