Before you start reading this article, I request you to take a minute and look around, notice how things around you are not really like how they used to be before the Covid-19 pandemic i.e before the year 2020.
The world has seen considerable amount of change in all things big and small – How many of us can truly say that we have actually got back to normal with regards to all aspects of our lives? As debatable as this question can be for some, we would like to believe that the world has seen numerous changes, both good and not so good, be it social changes, economic changes, emotional changes, professional changes, so on and so forth. The way people interact with each other, the way office’s function, the spending habit of people, educational interactions etc. have all undergone some kind of tweaks in the way they exist now.
One important change we would like to address in this article is the way companies have started hiring their staff and resources, yes many may not know that organizations from around the world are changing the way they hire their staff. Even though the concept of staff augmentation is not new for companies, it is only now that its adoption is picking up pace and more and more organizations are open to hire their resources through a staff augmentation model. It won’t be long until the traditional way of hiring employees will be taken over this efficient and proven to be successful hiring model called staff augmentation.
In this article you will learn about:
- What is IT staff augmentation?
- 6 most common myths of IT staff augmentation
First things first – What is IT staff augmentation?
IT staff augmentation is a proven solution for businesses that need resources for their IT department but do not wish to hire full time employees on their payroll. IT staff augmentation is a kind of outsourcing model that allows businesses to hire tech talent globally via augmented resources and teams. It is a considered to be one of the most effective ways to hire top talent in the IT industry without having to commit the liability of hiring a full time staff. This particular method of solving the problem of hiring skilled IT professionals for a project-based short time-span is commonly known as IT staff augmentation.
With the emergence of technologies like Metaverse, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) etc. making their breakthrough in our day-to-day lives, HR professionals from around the world are on a hunt for skilled and talented IT professionals. It is not viable for companies to hire skill-specific employees on a full-time basis because of the work and delivery limitations, however by opting for staff augmentation they are able to solve this problem very easily and smoothly. Experts predict that this method of hiring staff on a project-based model is the future of HR recruitments and is one of the most powerful method to hire the right talent for the right job.
6 most common myths of IT staff augmentation
Even though IT staff augmentation is proven to be one of the most effective methods to hire top talent in the industry without permanently committing to them, there are a few myths that are circling this great concept.
Below mentioned are the top 6 myths of IT staff augmentation.
Myth #1 – IT staff augmentation is very expensive
Fact: IT staff augmentation is not expensive, in fact, it is one of the biggest misconceptions of this concept. The reason why people feel so is because they compare it to their in-house IT staff, here they miss out on details that sets the two apart from one another. In-house permanent employees come with a lot of direct and in-direct expenses and overheads like health insurance, worker’s compensation, legal requirements, infrastructure cost, personal developments, L&D programs etc. which cumulatively sum up to a lot more than the expense required for an augmented staff member.
Myth #2 – Security of data is risky
Fact: One of the biggest concerns companies have while outsourcing their work is security of privacy and confidentiality. The only way to tackle this problem and ensure the security of data to conduct a through check of the company you plan to outsource resources from. Check if their data policies are compliant with those of your organization and scrutinize the repercussions in the case of occurrence of any data breach. Companies must ensure to sign formal NDA’s with the resource and staff augmentation company before commencing any work. These practices will keep companies safeguarded against any data or privacy breach activities.
Myth #3 – IT staff augmentation is suitable for big businesses only
Fact: This is one of the most common myths people have about most emerging trends, anything that is considered to make work life and operations easy is somehow labelled to be for big and rich companies, however, this is just a myth and has no concrete backing. IT staff augmentation is beneficial for all kinds of businesses irrespective of their size, and since this is considered to be a cost-effect method, it is indeed suitable and apt for small size businesses too.
Myth #4 – Loss of control over projects
Facts: In IT staff augmentation every resource is well communicated with the timelines, requirements, expectations and responsibilities of the project and the end goal of the project is well aligned for both, the resource allocated and the business. There are many tools in the market which help businesses track, monitor and analyse the work flow of the resource throughout the day, this ensures that no work is neglected or taken for granted and that top quality work is delivered with remarkable productivity and efficiency.
Myth #5 – Communication and coordination can be difficulty
Fact: one of the most common myths of remote working is that the quality of communication and coordination decreases when resources are not present within the four walls of the workspace, however, during the pandemic (when remote working was the only option organizations had) companies recording a spike in productivity and efficiency among their employees which directly points out that the barrier of not working from office does in no way hamper the success and quality of any project delivery.
Myth #6 – Compromised quality of work
Fact: Since candidates are hired basis their skill-specific talent, the quality of work delivered cannot be questioned in most cases. The reason why IT staff augmentation is in a way taking over the traditional permanent employment recruitment model is primarily because of the large pool of unmatched talent that it offers and this will not be compromised by resources or any staff augmentation company under any circumstances.
IT staff augmentation services empower businesses with better and more effective recruitment solutions for their staffing requirements and even though there are a few myths circling this HR friendly method of recruitment, we can confidently say that before reaching any conclusion, it is important for businesses to understand the logic behind them, in order to extract the most of benefits from the same.
Marketing Head, TECHVED Consulting
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