May 25, 2021

Breaking Myths about Outstaffing

Outstaffing recruitment model has a lot of uncertainties and myths revolving around it. Business owners considering whether to get involved in such a model of working need to clear up any uncertainties they might have and recognise facts among fiction. So do the candidates looking for new opportunities.

Starting off with the basics. Outstaffing is a kind of indirect employment whereas an outstaffing company takes over the function of staffing full-time employees for a client company. An outstaffing provider commits to cover legal, payrolls, workspace, IT support and HR aspects of the work process. And here is where room for imagination appears:

— Outstaffing is the same as outsourcing

Well. Technically yes, but not really. Outstaffing gives the client full control over the product since they are in charge of managing remote workers directly without the interference of third parties. Meanwhile, the outsourcing model suggests the team management is the responsibility of an offshore development company – not the client company. Hence, comparing both is like comparing apples and oranges.

— Only boring paid-by-hour tasks get outstaffed

The outstaffing model is a common way to go for global corporations, SAAS companies, tech startups, mid-size businesses. They tend to hire professionals for long-term purposes for interesting and innovative products and services. As far as we define the word “boring” – these are definitely not.

— Assigned tasks are not clear

Thus, outstaffed employees take part in daily development processes and interactions just as the client’s own team, but remotely. So leave behind any worries as if you would miss out on the interaction part compared to the on-site team. After all, having been remote for a while, not so much difference would be felt here.

— Culture and language differences create a barrier

We won’t try to convince you here that you would be okay if you have poor English. But as long as both client and developers have decent, say Upper-Intermediate level of English – both sides are good. But neither do we try to say to you that there is only a language aspect to it. Western and American partners tend to have a can-do-approach and they alike value initiative in their business colleagues. Usually, they are expected to take part in decision making and have a strong sense of responsibility. 

The topics we recommend to be cautious about or even try avoiding are politics and religion but this advice applies pretty much to every aspect of life not only business. Also, regardless of defined hierarchies, they are rather nominal and the results are of bigger value than adhering to some formalities.

To wrap it up, if outstaffing sounded intimidating to you, the arguments above must have dispelled them of at least a fraction of them. And last but not least, the impression you get about outstaffing is mostly dependent on the company you end up working for. So don’t get scared with the model itself, but carefully consider the hiring company. For the relevant opportunities at SD Solutions, go here.