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“If you think it’s expen­sive to hire a pro­fes­sion­al to do the job, wait until you hire an ama­teur.”Red Adair

Too often, busi­ness­es rush into hir­ing deci­sions and do not hire the per­son that would be a fit for that busi­ness. The deci­sion is usu­al­ly made off the cuff due to a tem­po­rary bur­den of extreme busy­ness or in the belief that this per­son will help grow the busi­ness. How­ev­er, many items are over­looked in a hir­ing deci­sion. One option is almost left out all togeth­er: outsourcing.

Out­sourc­ing, on its face, can seem like a very pri­cy option to most deci­sion mak­ers. We have become a very cost sen­si­tive soci­ety. How­ev­er, the deci­sion mak­er hard­ly under­stands all of the “hid­den costs” asso­ci­at­ed with a new hire. There are quan­ti­ta­tive mea­sures such as train­ing costs in time and dol­lars, capac­i­ty in the amount of work that can be accom­plished, as well as the over­all base com­pen­sa­tion. These are pret­ty com­mon fac­tors to con­sid­er, but what about the qual­i­ta­tive impacts hir­ing has on a business?

A new hire affects the cul­ture of your busi­ness. This per­son would direct­ly impact co-work­er pro­duc­tiv­i­ty as well as client rela­tion­ships. If the new hire was not a good cul­ture fit, then you have to go through the whole hir­ing process again. Would your clients real­ly enjoy work­ing with the “new” employ­ee that is essen­tial­ly just a revolv­ing door? Last­ly, you have the com­pe­tence fac­tor. Out­sourced options can offer much more in terms of ideas, feed­back and over­all productivity.

Every deci­sion mak­er needs to be tru­ly aware of all of the poten­tial costs when mak­ing a hir­ing deci­sion and com­pare out­sourc­ing as a viable option.