By Steve Cerocke
As we approach mid-year the economy, housing and the employment outlook continue to improve in northern Nevada. New companies are coming to the region while Tesla and Switch are busy executing plans that will change the landscape of the region.
With unemployment dropping and access to human resources talent a challenge, many organizations are making strategic decisions to outsource services. One indicator of this is that public sector job growth in the professional and business services category has been robust.
In the past, with a booming economy, many organizations had dedicated HR, marketing and IT staff. Once the recession hit, many of these single-use employees were the first to go. These positions are also the slowest to return as employers that outsourced these services are finding the model is more cost-effective and easier to manage.
Technology developments are giving outsourcing firms new tools to deliver business services more effectively. Cloud services, collaboration tools and communication advancements make it possible for outsource providers to deliver these services more efficiently and often at a lower cost. Let’s take a look at a few areas where outsourcing of business services makes sense.
Payroll, HR and Benefits Management: Many businesses are facing challenges in trying to manage the compliance, health care and tax issues associated with payroll, benefits and HR management. Outsource providers have developed and are able to quickly deploy the data systems and processes required create a fully-outsourced HR department.
Sales and Marketing: Leveraging outsource providers to handle many of the components that go into a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy has always been a smart choice even in the best business times. It is even more important today given the way that people are finding, buying and sourcing products and services.
Northern Nevada is home to many marketing, web development and PR firms that can provide your organization with a strategic approach to marketing and online campaigns that have a high return on investment. Now more than ever, your online presence is critical, and hiring a firm that has the expertise to develop your web and social media sites as well as online client services is important.
Outsource Technology: The tools and techniques used to manage computer networks and provide helpdesk support to users have advanced tremendously. Today, organizations can leverage the capabilities of an outsourced team of IT engineers and support staff less expensively than hiring internal resources. Additionally, outsourced IT services such as data protection, security and software solutions are often more cost effective and more reliable than trying to build them in-house.
As the economy continues to recover, take a close look at outsourcing non-core business functions. This can be a key strategy for controlling business costs and building more effective solutions. With these functions under control, your organization can focus on what it does best to grow in our expanding market.
Steve Cerocke, founder/president of IQ Systems Inc., can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.