The current economic climate has been unpredictable, to say the least. Coupled with fractured teams working from home and an IT team stretched to maximum capacity, many CIOs, CEOs, and CFOs are brainstorming how to best support their employees while maintaining a healthy bottom line.
With the increased demand for seamless, dependable IT procedures – many businesses are wondering if it’s time to hire more IT employees to support this need, or how to best manage the demands on their current IT staff so as not to burn them out. Here are four reasons why you should consider adding a strategic outsourced partner to your current business model, as well as alleviate any IT headaches you may be facing:
- Avoid Employee Burnout
With limited places to travel for vacation and shelter-in-place mandates, few employees have taken time off this year, and that is especially true for IT employees. If anything, their workload has increased while they manage multiple locations for employees, security issues with working-from-home, and much more. It’s unsurprising most employees in this field don’t feel it’s possible to take time off. That being said, lack of time off has led (or will lead) to burn out. To keep your valuable employees happy and healthy, consider hiring a supplement IT partner to offload some of the support workloads and gain access to specialized skills.
- Drive Operational Efficiency
In our previous blog, we discussed the complex working environment that many businesses find themselves in during the current business landscape. Some employees may be in the office, some may still be at home, while other businesses are supporting a hybrid of the two. This requires complex and sustainable IT practices that protect all employees’ technology, as well as the business’ needs as a whole. Now, more than ever, it’s important for the health of your business to be operating at maximum efficiency.
- Increase Your IT Resources
While your IT team is working on big-picture strategy and complex IT projects, consider hiring a supplemental IT resource to backfill day to day tasks. With a supplemental IT team to manage employee requests and ongoing management of systems already running smoothly, this allows breathing room for your valuable IT employees. When your internal IT team is free from the minutia of daily issues, they then have the bandwidth to focus on the long-term strategy of your business. Most importantly, they will have the ability to focus on the IT strategies that will support your business’s overall growth.
- Hire an IT Team for the Long-Term
Whether your business has grown, you’ve lost an IT employee to burn out or you are restructuring your business model, hiring a strategic IT partner now, can support your business for the long-term. It’s important now more than ever to make the right hiring decisions across your entire business, but especially for IT. Do you have an internal person qualified to interview and select new IT hires? Who will train your new IT staff? What long-term IT plans do you have in place? Developing a successful business strategy in today’s economic climate requires strategic and experienced teams in place. The right IT partner can help you make those hiring decisions and build your IT strategy for the long-haul.
Every business struggles with everyday operating headaches, especially in today’s economic climate. However, few – if any – businesses can afford IT headaches that slow or impede operations across their business. Informed CIOs, CEOs, and CFOs know the importance of supporting their current employees while also building a sustainable and successful business model for the future. With the right IT strategy in place, and a partner to support and guide them, complex businesses are positioning themselves for long-term business success.