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How is EOR Better Than Outsourcing in Managing Remote Teams?

How is EOR Better Than Outsourcing in Managing Remote Teams?

If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not,  you’re putting yourself out of business.”

This famous quote reflects one key proposition that every business organization must be aware of. Whether it is a big or small business, outsourcing is an essential strategy for successful business expansion. Using outsourcing, businesses can focus on their core activities and expand their business by engaging in a cost-saving operation. 

We can’t deny the fact that outsourcing offers a range of solutions and services that fulfill several needs for business expansion. At the same time, we are also aware that outsourcing has certain limitations when handling remote employees. 

Have you been working with outsourcing companies? Or are you looking to build a remote team for your business expansion? In either case, have you considered the employer of record (EOR) as an alternative to outsourcing? If you want to find out the best possible ways to build a remote team or manage remote work efficiently, this article is right for you. 

What is an Employer of Record and How is It Different From Outsourcing?

To many, the term “employer of record” is synonymous with outsourcing but they have differences in many aspects.  

An employer of record is a third-party organization that specializes in managing administrative services such as human resources (HR) functions, including recruitment (onboarding and offboarding), health insurance, employee payroll, taxes, legal compliance, and back-office support. EOR services offer a support system for professional employees working for an overseas company.

The key difference between outsourcing and EOR is the degree of transparency and control in every activity that is undertaken. Also, there is a major difference in the way employer-employee relationships, communication processes, management risks, etc. are handled. 

To understand more, let’s first identify a couple of challenges associated with hiring a team through an outsourced partner. 

Key Challenges of Outsourcing

Considering the pain points of businesses working with outsourced employees, five major challenges can be discussed. 

Key Challenges of Outsourcing

Lack of Control and Authority

The absence of direct control over the hiring and pay package decisions of the outsourced team is a key issue for businesses dealing with outsourcing services. In outsourcing, team selection is handled by their outsourcing partners. Here, businesses tend to rely on the expertise of their outsourcing partners in team hiring and task distribution. Since businesses aren’t directly involved in handling employees, their control and authority over the team get subdued.

Communication Gap and Unfair Negotiation

Communication barriers and miscommunication are other major setbacks of outsourcing. Businesses have no direct access to the outsourced team as it works under the direct supervision of the outsourcing companies. The lack of direct communication can cause work delays and hamper productivity. The communication gap may also lead to unfair policies for employees. Some employee benefits can be denied without the knowledge of businesses as the decision is entirely in the hands of outsourcing companies. Finding a trustworthy outsourcing vendor can be a major headache for overseas companies.

Risks of Choosing an Inappropriate Team

Businesses often decide to outsource some of their operations when they have less expertise or fewer resources in certain domains. This is mostly seen when a company needs to update its technical knowledge and integrate the latest technology into operations. Companies may end up choosing an inappropriate service provider due to a lack of awareness about the team and their existing technical skills in handling the assigned tasks. This issue is most prevalent in leasing software-related services such as IT software outsourcing.

Security and Privacy Issues

Fear of data breaches and confidentiality issues are major concerns for businesses dealing with outsourcing service providers. In outsourcing, there is a possibility that some individuals in the team may be working on similar projects simultaneously from multiple clients. The risks of intellectual property (IP) violation remain a main concern as many outsourced vendors sometimes use different types of subcontractors. In most cases, IP rights violations occur when a vendor hires many subcontractors to add extra resources for the assigned jobs.

Fees Charged by the Outsourcing Agency

Typically the outsourcing agency would charge on a time and material basis. The per person or hour charge is a bundled rate. The agencies would not share what part of the fee is the employee’s salary. This is one of the key reasons for the large attrition rates in the outsourced team.

Is EOR the Right Service to Manage Effective Remote Teams?

The answer is ‘yes’. To understand more, let’s take a look at some salient features of the employer of record services. Unlike outsourcing services, EOR agencies do not have a ready-made team for all services but build a fresh team for each business. The following points are major advantages of the EOR model that help enhance risk management and ensure effective control of remote teams. 

Is EOR the Right Service to Manage Effective Remote Teams?

Direct Control of the Team

In EOR, businesses directly engage in team selection and have the liberty to choose the right candidates as per their requirements. The employer of record company assists businesses in finding a pool of talent suitable for the job description using its network and resources. As there is no mediator between the employer and employees in EOR, businesses have direct control over the selection of the team and deciding the pay package of the team members. That way, overseas companies can manage the remote team efficiently, set an accurate target for job completion, enhance productivity, and reward systems.

Effective Communication and Fair Terms for Employee Benefits

Contrary to outsourcing, businesses get direct access to the team and there is direct communication between both parties in the EOR model. The overseas company can easily reach out to its employees directly and get up-to-date information about their work progress. Businesses can get all information about their employees’ payroll, attendance status, benefits, etc. through EOR’s dashboard.

Minimal Chance of Inappropriate Team Selection

Since the overseas company personally handles the recruitment process of its candidates through EOR assistance, there is minimal chance for the company to go for the wrong selection of the team. Even the least experienced companies can minimize the management risk of their team by using the right strategy from EOR service.

Zero Risk of IP Infringement and Data Breach

In EOR, the risk of IP violation or security breach of clients is almost zero as one team will be working for one client only. Once the task is completed, the team can be dissolved or converted into a physical entity of the overseas company. Also, EOR doesn’t require hiring any subcontractors, which is a common practice in outsourcing. So, the chance of misusing clients’ sensitive information is almost nil in the EOR model.

Building the Team Around a Chosen Leader

Many times, companies have a senior, experienced resource and want him/her to lead the team by relocating to India (or your target remote location). With an EOR agency, you can easily build a team around such a senior resource.

What Are the Additional Benefits of Using EOR Services?

There are two additional benefits unique to EOR services, let’s explore them. 

High Chance of Employee Retention

EOR offers employee promotions other than benefits such as medical and health insurance to make them feel an integral part of the company. The EOR employees get benefits including incentives, paid vacation, and retirement plans as any full-time employee would get working in an organization. Compared with outsourcing, the chance of employee retention is high in EOR as they are likely to get more job satisfaction and security in the long run.

A Testing Field for the Subsidiary Company Formation

One exceptional advantage of using an EOR partner is that an overseas company can achieve the dream of establishing its physical entity in another country. Under the EOR services, the company can use the team as a testing field for subsidiary incorporation. The entire team can then be transferred to the new entity.  This is a major opportunity missing in outsourcing.

Remunance as a Reliable EOR Partner for the Indian Market

Considering both employees’ and businesses’ points of view, EOR services have a lot to offer than outsourcing in dealing with remote working. 

If you’re looking forward to forming a remote team or finding a better management approach for the team in India, you can reach out to us, Remunance. We’re the leading employer of record India service provider and we’ll be happy to be at your service for any inquiry related to EOR.  

To remind you our motive is to “Build, Operate, and Transfer”, We will build and operate a team for you and transfer it to you whenever you are ready.

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Roshan Mayanglambam

He is the senior specialist of Remunance’s content writing team. His expertise lies in meticulous research and developing authentic ideas to showcase the uniqueness of addressing clients’ pain points through blogging. As a seasoned content writer with 4 years of experience, he delivers excellence in content curation, review, and editing. With nearly a year of experience in the PEO/EOR industry, he’s mastered his knowledge on subject matters like employer of record, professional employer organization, remote work, freelancing, outsourcing, etc. He also loves reading books, watching movies, and playing guitar whenever he gets free from his writing engagements.

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