Will remote work change the way we think about offshoring?
As we’ve personally seen, and in all that we’ve read – the last 12 months has certainly re-shaped the world. The way we conduct life and business has had to adapt – in some cases for the better, and in some cases for the worse.
One of the longest-lasting changes is the way we work. Businesses are shifting the typical office space for hybrid models or full-time working from home. It has forced businesses to modify their normal working arrangements to ensure everything can be accessed quickly and easily, remotely.
So, what does this mean for the world of offshoring? The previous barriers around offshoring, such as physical servers and being unable to manage people outside of a physical space, have fallen. These barriers have now become advantages, allowing business owners to explore additional avenues to increase capacity and potentially minimise costs.
Of course, we still have more work to do. The demand for software that supports engagement, productivity and creatively among remote teams has intensified. SaaS (Software-as-a-service) has hit an all-time high in terms of success rates, with businesses still making the ‘software’ plunge every single day. There will be consistent changes that allows businesses to better support their now remote teams.
Offshoring, by no means, will replace what we’ve already built, but it will certainly help support it. We now have the tools in place to encourage offshoring and we have been forced to learn leadership remotely – maybe now, we can learn to love the diversification of talent and skill outside of our own backyard.