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Judging the Corporate Attitude Towards Outsourcing

outsourcing, senior management, corporate culture

As budgets continue to tighten, seeking to outsource certain facilities functions becomes an increasingly attractive possibility for cutting costs and creating efficiencies. However, facility managers must be careful to understand the overall corporate attitude towards outsourcing in general before making any proposals to senior management.

In some companies, for example, senior management would never consider outsourcing custodial services, as they're seen to be part of the corporate "family." A proposal from the facility manager to consider outsourcing this function would meet with resistance and would show the facility manager to be a bit tone deaf to the culture. A facility manager needs to understand the basic philosophy regarding outsourcing and how it has been applied to other departments within the company, before making a business case to outsource a facility management service.

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