Outsourcing should not compromise standards

first_imgOutsourcing should not compromise standardsOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today The outsourcing trend has taken another lurch forward with a $40m dealbetween Cable and Wireless and e-peopleserve. Outsourcing, of course, is all about money. The motivation for outsourcingis not primarily to improve the delivery of HR services. It is about exploitingeconomies of scale and the outsourcing partner’s investment in technology. Itis about controlling costs and reducing cycle times. Of course, the cost efficiencies brought by outsourcing can improve thequality of HR – by streamlining services and allowing in-house HR people to bemore strategic. But the real success of outsourcing will ultimately be measuredin hard cash. For many HR teams the challenge will be to take a leading role in drivingthrough the deal. They must make sure the outsourcing model is right for theirorganisation and the service that results is not remote and impersonal for linemanagers and staff. If HR doesn’t do this, outsourcing will cut costs at theexpense of good HR services. Refugee skills campaign success Ministers seem to have listened to our Refugees in Employment campaign.Refugees minister Lord Rooker told Personnel Today this month’s White Paper onimmigration would propose that new induction centres record asylum-seekers’qualifications, skills and work experience. The minister also said that red tape would be cut and paperwork would makeit clear when employers were allowed to take on refugees and asylum-seekers. The Government has to walk a political tightrope on the asylum issue.However, it is right that being tough on bogus asylum-seekers does not resultin genuine victims being deprived of the right to work – or employers missingout on a valuable source of labour. By Noel O’Reilly Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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