The solution is simple---embrace excellence. The old saying “You get what you pay for!” is still true. Companies can outsource jobs, but they risk quality and stability when doing so. The goal of increasing the bottom line may escape them when they realize the high turnover associated with outsourcing. In addition, many times the person filling the position off-shore usually has far less on-the-job experience under their belt. I predict that although the season for outsourcing is here, many corporations will realize that the most qualified workers are right here in their backyard. If US employees are more excellent than their counterparts in cheaper countries, their quality will shine above the cheap labor force.
Given this insight, US based employees must re-engineer their positions and mold them to be of unmatched value to their employers. Here are 5 steps to defend your job from outsourcing:
- Learn more than ever before about your industry and your current position. Learn how you contribute to the bottom line. Develop a strategy of how your position can increase the bottom line without doing the obvious…sending your job overseas. Learn about your customers and what makes them happy. Find out the five-year plan for your organization and figure out a way to become a key player in the plan.
- Revamp you current position. Use your head to come up with innovative ideas on how to improve the processes you use everyday. You are the expert at what you do because you perform those duties everyday. Try to work yourself out of a job. I know that this sounds contrary to common knowledge. However if you find a way to make your job more efficient and save the company money. I promise there will always be room for you in the company once you get the reputation of changing things for the better.
- Become an expert at something that is key to doing business at your organization. You should be the role model they use to train new team members. Spend time documenting what you do so that you have sufficient material for training someone new. Make that documentation available to your manager, they will see your initiative and possibly reward it.
- Seek training in the latest technologies available. Gone are the days when corporations send you away for days or weeks of training. Now, in the age of the internet, it is generally expected that you are already trained to do the job and that you keep your skills current. Invest in on-line coursework. Browse job descriptions to understand what skills are desired in your industry. Then take the lead to learn those skills
- Pray for the wisdom of those in upper management at your company or target company where you want to work. Pray that God will give them innovative ideas on how to sustain excellent workers.
Proverbs 18:16 (KJV) says “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” What is your gift that you offer to your employer?