The outsourcing strategy of a business tends to be as unique as the business itself. The implications of this means that the tech staffing agency that you eventually hire should be as flexible and resourceful as the business you operate.
Yet there is a whole process to go through to reach a business’ ideal partner. And today we’re going to talk about one type of process that a number of businesses can run through.
Step one: assess the business needs
What are the missing links or skill sets in your business? Here is the starting point of your journey. If you’re looking for software developers to integrate into an internal engineering team to top up specific skill gaps, then you likely need to set up a dependable remote development team to free up essential in-house personnel to work on a business-critical project.
Whether you’re looking for front-end developers or product designers for the duration of a given project, or whether you’re on the lookout for a web analytics developer or accessibility specialist for specific phases, you’ll need to evaluate your company’s staffing requirements.
Once a staffing blueprint has been created, which covers a company’s most essential outsourcing requirements, the search for a staffing partner can begin.
Step two: research the experience and expertise of potential staffing partners
The next step is the verification of possible partners. Are they capable of providing your business with the specific skills that you are in the market for?
Vet their credentials and work history. Consult with previous clients and measure their level of satisfaction with the services provided. Review a staff augmentation agency’s credentials and work portfolio. Ensure that the vendor has experience in the specific field that covers the resources you’re searching for. And read reviews about your vendor on the staffing firm’s website, and through impartial third-party review sites like Clutch or Glassdoor.
Step three: evaluate their local and international market reach
Weigh the different options that are then available. This may include offshoring, onshoring, or nearshoring – or even a hybrid approach to staffing.
Maybe engineering or creative teams that are searching for specific skill combinations to manage algorithmic complexity within a specific framework, or consultants who have in-depth expertise in emerging programming languages.
Step four: look at your communication protocols
Critical factors can determine the success of a project, or influence a product’s competitiveness, or can affect its on-time delivery date.
Seek out a staff augmentation agency that has simple yet clearly defined communication protocols and good technology that can help keep the client and service provider connected. And also, to be able to receive project updates, regardless of location or time zone.
Step five: explore contract types
If a staffing agency can only offer one-size-fits-all contracts, then that could be a red flag that they lack the resources or experience to handle the sophistications and complexities of a project.
Work with a staff augmentation firm that is capable of tailoring work agreements to fit your company’s unique business requirements.
Also, something important to consider is to ensure that the outsourcing agency is able to keep pace with your project development schedule. Your company probably functions on a strict timeline, which means you should cooperate with a staffing partner that can meet or exceed your operational schedule. An experienced staffing agency will be able to provide you with a detailed outsourcing resource management plan.
Step six: consider the cultural question
Whether it’s onshoring, offshoring, or nearshoring, remote business approaches will need to consider the cultural fit between the in-house team and the outsourced team.
In order to bridge any cultural divides and get around possible linguistic challenges, partner with an agency that fits nicely with yours, or one that can accurately assess your own internal company culture to provide you with the most appropriate candidates.
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