Companies Realizing The Cost Of Offshoring

from the ain't-so-cheap-after-all dept

While the debate over putting in place protectionist policies continues, more companies are realizing that it’s a lot more expensive than you think, whether in terms of communicating overseas, dealing with cultural differences or in harming morale at your own company. This isn’t a surprise. Lots of people have been pointing out for quite some time that the complaints about offshoring have been overblown, and it looks like companies are beginning to realize that’s true. That isn’t to say there aren’t very good reasons for some companies to offshore some jobs – but all these fears of every American tech job ending up overseas are turning out to be completely overblown.

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Mitch says:

offshoring overblown you say ?

Speaking as an experienced manufacturing-type who is now unemployed due to off-shoring… this is a very real and significant phenomena. I believe that I am in good compny, about 2.8 million of us at last check, so I’d say that this has a definite impact on the American economy. Will the author kindly reconsider his or her ill-considered opinion on this subject? By the way, our lost manufacturing jobs were somewhat stimulating and paid above the norm, too.So I think that it is fair to say that it’s a sad day when successful widget-makers have been reduced to impoverished burger-flippers.

Mike (profile) says:

Re: offshoring overblown you say ?

Once again, I’ve been abundantly clear that this is a very real phenomenon, and that it does have a tremendous negative impact on those directly facing it. However, it’s the macro issues that I’m pointing to, which suggest that this is not as big an issue as people are making it out to be.

Also, the folks who slam me for this always present the problem, but never suggest any sort of solution, other than some vague protectionist policy which has been shown time and time again to make things *worse*, not better for the average worker.

If you think my ill-considered opinion is wrong, then convince me of a better solution. I’m willing to listen. I just haven’t seen anything yet.

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