You may recall the discussion we had earlier this year regarding whether it is time to stop using the term "Outsourcing". The general consensus among many of you (including myself) was that we are stuck with the phrase and we shouldn't go out our way to dress-up global sourcing with other, more relevant, terminology:
"However you want to spin it, your staff will view it as outsourcing, and the more you try and disguise the taboo term, the more suspicious your staff will be that you are simply trying to ship them out for lower-cost labor"
With the dramatic changes in our corporate climate and political attitudes in recent months, I believe it's now time to change our well-worn phrase. The core issues being:
1) Poor comprehension of global sourcing. Too many people associate "outsourcing" with greedy corporate leaders only interested in slashing costs, with little regard for employee livelihood. They have pre-conceived notions that organizations have forgotten about their people, and only care about the bottom-line. I can assure anyone that is not the case with the majority of companies with whom I speak with daily.