The advances made in globalisation intensifies the need for competitiveness, requiring the company management team to continuously respond to a changing market situation. Entrepreneurs look for every possible opportunity to gain an advantage and stay ahead of the competition. In order to reduce the costs related to administrative work and improve efficiency, companies increasingly turn to outsourcing.
But what is outsourcing? It is where we split off certain functions so that they can be processed by an external service provider, rather than attempting to manage all tasks within the company’s own structures. There are many different types of outsourcing services available today. Payroll, HR, IT support, customer service and accounting are among the most popular. Thanks to outsourcing, the company management can be confident that key operations are in the hands of experienced specialists, without the necessity of hiring full-time employees.
Entrusting external agencies with some or all of the functions of the HR department constitutes one of the most popular forms of outsourcing. HR managers are expected to be more flexible, and to contribute effectively to building and implementing the company’s strategy. In response to these expectations, there are growing numbers of agencies emerging that offer recruitment on behalf of the employer.
Properly and strategically outsourced recruitment processes or human resources administration is, above all, a convenient solution that offers many benefits.
What are these benefits?
MORE TIME FOR KEY TASKS
The HR department is often considered to be an unprofitable part of the company. Why? As it does not create any products or services, it thus does not directly contribute to the improvement in the company’s results. Large HR ventures, however, require investments in time, capital and human resources. By outsourcing HR tasks to an external agency, companies may focus on investing their capital in actions that contribute directly to making a profit, and HR then becomes an important entity in implementing the company’s strategy.
ACCESS TO EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
By choosing to outsource HR, companies can now afford the services of the best professionals in the industry. Employing good HR experts requires serious investments and adequate remuneration. Instead, HR outsourcing gives companies with smaller budgets access to professional HR solutions.
ACCESS TO THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES AND SOLUTIONS
Investing in the latest tools and technologies undoubtedly contributes to the company’s development. Outsourcing the HR tasks provides the company with permanent access to the latest technologies, which not only improves the processes but also ensures the security of sensitive data.
Hire the best
Recruitment of the best employees is the key task for HR departments. HR outsourcing constitutes an excellent solution for companies that carry out recruitment for specialised jobs requiring the most thorough verification of relevant competences. An external company with specialist knowledge can guarantee a reliable recruitment process that minimises the risk of expensive mistakes related to the hiring of incompetent or poorly qualified personnel.
When we decide to outsource, we need to prepare a list of the tasks and functions performed by the HR department, and identify which of those can be outsourced without increasing risk. It is important to devote sufficient time to evaluating each task regarded as suitable for outsourcing.
In taking the decision to use outsourcing services, we have to balance what is best done in-house and what could be better implemented using the services of external companies.
The types of tasks that companies most often commission to outsourcing companies are those that require very specialised knowledge to implement. A classic example of this is the assessment of language skills of candidates for specific positions.
How does Focus help agencies and HR departments?
The Skrivanek language school has prepared a professional language audit system for HR departments, available for 24 languages, to verify five different language competences. All testing is performed online, with results available within 48 hours. The recruiter receives a report containing an assessment of the candidate’s skills, consistent with the CEFR scale (A1-C1), provided with additional comments from the auditor.
FOCUS Audit Tool can be used to perform periodic language audits among the company staff, allowing the HR department to effectively manage the language training plans within the company. Tools and methods are selected individually, according to the company’s needs, in order to support the implementation of the company’s strategy and objectives. Contact us to discuss how Focus language audits can benefit your company.