Virtual employees could be your biggest asset. Here's how!

Virtual employees could be your biggest asset. Here's how!

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Shaunvir Mahil

Shaunvir Mahil

27 Oct 2020, 15:00 — 8 min read

“Outsourcing and globalisation of manufacturing allows companies to reduce costs, benefits consumers with lower-cost goods and services causes economic expansion that reduces unemployment, and increases productivity and job creation.” - Larry Elder, an American radio commentator


Over the past decade, the momentum with which the corporate culture has evolved, and outsourcing has been adopted by businesses all over the world clearly puts it on centre stage. Numerous virtual staffing companies have been set up in India to offer foreign businesses an opportunity to maximise their productivity and minimise operational costs. While many business owners from abroad are gladly embracing this opportunity, some are still struggling with the decision to hire employees in India.


Having transformed the traditional style of working to remote working, outsourcing has utilised the latest technological advances (like cloud computing) for a better corporate culture and flawless client experience. Virtual staff in India are adept at working as your own extended team, but a collaborative workforce from a different part of the world (not confined to your office desk). If you are still in doubt regarding the scope of hiring remote workers for your business needs, here are some points to get you started!


1. Saving time and resources

Time and resources are big influencers in every business, and let’s face it – they are the biggest reasons for any business owner to consider outsourcing or offshoring. Hiring virtual staff in India implies that your remote workforce is operating from far away, minimising any possible time wastage during unnecessary breaks and coffee-time conversations. Losing in-office distractions helps them achieve your organisational objectives sooner, and allows you to stay in sync with your project deadlines. You also get to save a lot of your crucial resources as you do not have to invest in a full-fledged office setup for your remote workers.


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2. Easy scalability

Long-term projects are most certainly rewarding, but short-term projects are what keep you busy throughout a financial year. Considering the strict ‘hire and fire’ norms imposed by labour law these days, it becomes difficult for business owners operating from developed countries to increase and decrease the number of employees as per the fluctuating project requirements. Even if you could scale up and down, you would need a big, over the top HR team to always suit your requirements. To avoid paying local employees during no-work breaks, hiring from reputed virtual staffing companies becomes a lucrative business call, especially for start-ups.


3. Quick access to skilled staff


You would  never want to settle for an undeserving candidate to fill in a job opening at your organisation. But the perfect match for your job wouldn’t always be available next door. When the time and cost investment involved in hiring locally becomes overwhelming, partnering with one of the top virtual staffing companies could be the safest bet. Reputed outsourcing service providers have a team of remote workers proficient in different domains. All you need to do is choose the best resumes according to your project requirements, and start garnering the services of qualified resources.


Also read: How to hire the right person for your team


4. Prioritise core functions

They say ‘focus on what you do best and outsource the rest’. The decision to hire employees in India has given another freedom in the hands of the business owners around the world – the freedom to focus on the core organisational objectives. As startup owners are usually juggling with tight budgets, they try to do everything on their own or with minimum resources to reduce labour costs. This divides their attention away from the profit-making tasks and could do more harm than good in the long run.


Outsourcing and globalisation of manufacturing allows companies to reduce costs, benefits consumers with lower-cost goods and services causes economic expansion that reduces unemployment, and increases productivity and job creation.

- Larry Elder 


5. Flexible work schedule

Usually, virtual staff in India isn’t bound by the revolving hands of clock. Knowing that most of their work comes through distant geographies, remote employees understand that there’s generally a time zone difference that needs to be bridged. So, they are mostly open to work in flexible shift timings that suit their clients, and produce the desired results. Outsourcers get the advantage of connecting with their remote workforce, and getting the work done at any time of the day. This helps them establish a better connect with their outsourced teams and avoid the feeling of losing control over their business processes.


6. All-domain pioneers

Earlier, there were only a few tasks that business owners felt comfortable outsourcing to countries like India. But with the rise of technological advancements and improved economic standing in India, the trend to hire employees in India for a plethora of services gained momentum. Today, the outsourcing giants offer a wide range of high quality services, mainly including:


  • IT Outsourcing and Technical Support
  • Mobile App Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Content Writing
  • Graphics and Web Designing
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Data Entry and MS Office
  • Multimedia and Animation
  • Finance and Accounts
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Legal and Medical Processes
  • Virtual Assistance and BPO


Summing up

Geographical and time zone differences stop counting when your remote employees make you feel assured enough as if they are working from the cubicle next to you. The above-mentioned measurable benefits of outsourcing are of course there, but another important thing that you need to know is that this business model also helps you strike a better work-life balance. It ensures that you could spend more quality time with your family, doing things that mean the world to you.


Virtual staffing companies realise how important this leap of trust is to you. Some of their clients might be putting everything on the line to build up a remote team, and the outsourcing service providing companies also put on line their goodwill in the entrepreneurial market. Hence, they hire employees who are skilled, knowledgeable and experienced to ensure that your dream business grows steadily and reaches new heights.


Therefore, virtual employees could be the biggest asset to your organisation. This industry trend is on a global upsurge for a reason, so chase it today to make the future of your business better.


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