5 Reasons to Know When You Need to Seek Outside Assistance Via Outsourcing

What do you do when your company’s team members have reach maximum output? How do you continue to meet customer demand? There is an old saying that goes “If you do what you always have done, you will always get the same results”. The time has come to think outside of the box.

Is your company hesitant to try outsourcing? If so, you probably feel like the folks above, who are trapped in a little box. Please realize that if you feel that way, then you are probably showing it. There has never been a better time to outsource. With today’s technology, nearly every large company has multiple locations with a central “hub” for storing information. By utilizing the assistance of proven professionals, you can find relief with just a few mouse clicks. Trusses, Wall Panels, Engineered Wood Products, they can all be designed anywhere the professional is located.

1. Team members are working overtime

When you team members are working overtime what happens? Profit margin is lower, errors are more likely and morale is down. Each and every one us has been there at one time or another in our career. When time is taken away from family, there are all types of consequences. Do you really want your work quality to suffer because of it? Will your team members burn out? Are you willing to sacrifice profit?

2. Salespeople are hesitant to bring in additional work

A confident sales staff is the most critical factor to sustainability and growth. The salesperson’s credibility, and your company’s, becomes compromised each and every time the deadline is not met. The customer is then hesitant to give another chance. It takes many positive deeds to build a solid relationship, yet it only takes one negative one to destroy it. Are you losing jobs from hesitation, due to past experience?

3. Project timelines for turnaround are not realistic

How many times have you been given a deadline from your supervisor that was not realistic? It was your duty to tell them, right then and there, that is was not attainable. In my experience, being qualified for a position is much more significant than being well-liked. When your supervisor has never performed the job duties that you are performing, this becomes a HUGE problem. Who suffers? Why it is the company and the reputation it has worked so hard to build. Your reputation is like the end of your nose, you cannot see it, yet everyone else knows exactly what it looks like. What do your salespeople say about your timeliness? What do your customers say?

4. There just is not time or resources available to properly train team members

When we are learning to walk, we must fall down a few times. When learning to ride a bicycle, we will eventually skin our knee. This is all a part of the learning process for a human being. Proper training of newly assigned job duties is no different. Even if you are a seasoned veteran of the position, as soon as you move to another company there is a “learning curve”, which must be overcome to function properly under your new employer’s umbrella. Even the most well-written company outline and protocol has to allow time for someone to learn. Does your company have such a protocol? If so, I applaud you. If not, please realize that this is why your turnover rate is higher than you like and your profit margins are lower.

5. There are no available candidates who are qualified

What do you do when there is no one left to hire in your region? Will a new hire add a tremendous cost to the company? It could be a fee to a recruiter, it could be a relocation package, it could be what was related to in #4. There are several possibilities, all of which cost a substantial amount of capital. After that investment is made, what guarantee is there that the candidate will work out? How long will they remain with your company?

If any of these 5 items are happening in your company, it may be time to “think outside of the box”, before you get trapped in it. The resources are available to grow your company, if you are ready to try. Innovation is just a few keystrokes away. What are you waiting for?

Christopher Gould – President

Gould Design, Inc.