I’ve been working remotely, and now my employer has outsourced my job to India. My boss said that since I’m not coming into the office, they might as well as find someone who can do my job for a third of the cost. Is this a trend? If I look for another remote job, am I going to be out of work again?
I’m sorry that you’ve lost your job, but outsourcing jobs to lower-cost locations, whether offshore, near shore or onshore, is not a new business practice.
Companies have been doing this for decades — evaluating how to optimize the cost of talent by locating different teams and functions where they can find a good source at the best cost.
India has been a destination for global companies to establish a presence for technology talent because the skills are plentiful there and at a steep discount when compared to the cost in the US.
Even within the US, companies evaluate locations based on available talent and cost of living, but I don’t think you are at greater risk of that job being relocated to a lower-cost location just because you are remote.
My kid is in college and says that he doesn’t want to work a real job this summer. He just wants to travel and do odds and ends jobs, flipping burgers, driving Uber and freelance editing work. Can you help a dad out and tell my son that it will hurt his chances of getting a job after graduation if he doesn’t have a proper internship?
Oh, Pops. I would love to be able to help you. I feel you, I really do.
But I can’t tell your son something that isn’t true.
Lots of parents — myself included — have grown children who are still on the payroll post college.
And your son isn’t hitting you up for money — he’s planning to pay his own way.
I admire that, and you should, too.
Also, I’m sure that you didn’t mean to service-sector shame, but really, Dad — trolling hard work?
I, for one, am grateful to everyone in the service sector, particularly those who know how to make a perfect medium-rare burger, or the driver who picks me up and drops me off safely.
You may want more for your son as a career after college and that’s OK, if that’s what he wants.
Enjoy your son, and maybe take a trip with him.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. Hear Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: [email protected]. Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande