Americans: The Reality of Job Offshoring
It appears that you can’t pick up a business paper these days without reading about offshoring, or business relocating activities to low-cost countries. While both positive and negative stories are being reported, one thing is clear: the American citizen can’t ignore the situation. Businesses adjust strategies to take advantage of offshoring’s potential or to defend against those who are offshoring. The American public is no different. However, since Americans can’t simply relocate to go to India in order to work for a firm such as Deloitte or IBM at any wage, Americans must decide whether they are willing to fight double-minded ransacking of the U.S. economy by global multinational corporations and government policy.
Even the road for businesses that are outsourcing is fraught with business land mines. A much larger than expected level of “company/outsourcee” conflict has been voiced. Many of the companies that have outsourced have expressed disappointment with foreign outsourced labors’ overall ability to provide continuous process, technology improvements and real efficiency.
In this writers own professional experience, the issue is larger than business processes. The overriding issues are, in reality, cultural and language barriers. Many foreigners are exceedingly bright and articulate, but when minds must meet and understanding must occur, culture proves to stand clearly in the way of effective business process thus forcing business to delay projects and deal with huge project problems.
Outsourcing research specialists like Deloitte have found that companies that outsource meet their financial objectives quite handily because of dramatically lower costs. However, meeting business objectives in efficiency have proved to be quite the opposite. Project delays because of labor and absenteeism, communication problems and business understanding continually mar real business progress where the world of offshoring is concerned.
The public in both America and Great Britain perceive offshoring to be an increasing threat. Enough jobs have moved offshore in the minds of most. Public attitudes towards offshoring have become more negative and rightly so. The real problem appears to be that big government isn’t listening.
It isn’t that American citizens aren’t honest and hard-working. Many will do anything possible to maintain their “marketplace viability”. Unfortunately, not even education and qualifications have proven to stem the flow of jobs from the U.S. marketplace and economy. The lack of education excuse is the largest “straw dog” in the U.S. labor market and in circles advocated by “job policy and unemployment experts”.
These are the general attitudes of Americans in the economic and job marketplace.
More Americans see the United States as a declining global power.
A majority of Americans believe that government policy is responsible for global competition.
More Americans believe that business is responsible for global competition.
Many Americans have indicated that they would be willing relocate internationally to be better off financially.
The majority of Americans have stated that they would move to improve their work/life balance.
Many Americans have voiced the idea that they would move overseas for better education and skills training if they could.
You will find that few, if any, of these views are something that most Americans can address in any meaningful way. Their hands have been tied by other outside interests, usually hinging around government policy and business interest opportunities.
Government policy has allowed businesses to operate internationally at an extreme advantage. Government policy has continued to raise the cost of doing business and hiring in America. These facts of policy have doomed the U.S. economy to that of a second-rate third-world lifestyle in the near future. The people have allowed politicians to sell out their livelihood and personal security as well as the means to make a reasonable living in the name of corporate and political interest and expediency.
Americans must stand up and be willing to unite in order to save themselves. Government must be expected to change policies that chase business from the U.S. economy. Further, big government and IRS policy has put unreasonable pressure on small business, making life more and more difficult for small business and entrepreneurs.
As an entrepreneur of many years, I can tell you that a vast difference exists in government policy, execution and attitudes between the 1980s and today. Because of control issues, big government wants everyone to work for big business so they can easily get their share of tax money and control the lives of hard-working Americans through social engineering and tax incentives.
Government isn’t happy unless they feel that they have access to your paycheck and personal information. The fact is that government does while using that control as an exploit. Independence in America is no longer valued or supported.
Big government in America has lost sight of the purpose of livelihood and employment beyond collecting taxes and keeping tabs on citizens financially. The tax system in America caters to this attitude. As a result, the entire country suffers and will continue to do so until politicians wake up and smell the coffee. Only Americans can move to wake them up.