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Cultural and Language Barriers of Outsourcing Management Abroad

Outsourcing management tasks offers an attractive proposition for US businesses to increase efficiency, reduce expenses, and gain a competitive advantage. But what are the cultural and language barriers to communicating with international managers?

Benefits of Outsourcing Management

Outsourcing management tasks to international third-parties provide the opportunity to gain an edge over the competition, expand your business, and promote:

  • Efficiency Gains – Offshoring allows you to reach a larger pool of talented managers with industry-specific productivity maximizing skills.
  • Efficiency Gains – Offshoring allows you to reach a larger pool of talented managers with industry-specific productivity maximizing skills.
  • Increased Focus – Outsourcing tasks enables you to concentrate on activities that promote company growth.
  • Competitive Advantage – Managers in foreign countries may have access to skills, knowledge, or equipment that benefit your supply chain.

Offshore management has the potential to support your business efforts significantly. However, many business owners fail to address cultural and language barriers, missing out on these advantages.

Offshoring Language Barriers

Language barriers can impact comprehension between business partners in many different ways, leading to misunderstandings. Generally, there are three distinct language problems when working with speakers of another language.

  • Pronunciation – Accents, and dialects can lead to confusion.
  • Vocabulary – Non-native English speakers, may not be familiar with colloquialisms, slang, and technical language.
  • Syntax Foreign language speakers may mix up sentence structure and grammar to change the meaning of a phrase.

Awareness of these language barriers is the first step to overcoming them. Grammar tools, translation software, and other virtual services can help bridge the gap. But ideally, you'll want to look for management staff that's fluent in English.

Cultural Challenges of Outsourcing

Another typical challenge of offshoring management involves workplace cultural differences. Before outsourcing managers abroad, it's essential to consider the behavioral expectations of international cultures.

  • Body Language – Foreign countries may use specific expressions and body language differently.
  • Work Ethics – Business values can vary widely across cultures, giving various definitions for right and wrong.
  • Time Commitment– International staff may celebrate national holidays on dates that may be workdays for you.

Cross-cultural communication training can help multicultural teams understand each other better. When colleagues know what to expect from each other, business operations, tend to run substantially smoother. However, learning to collaborate with international workers effectively is a professional skill that can take many years to develop.

An Easier Way to Overcome the Boundaries

Offshoring management duties to international professionals can be a gateway to achieving company growth. But, the challenge of navigating the cross-cultural differences is a hurdle too time-consuming and complicated for most business owners to overcome.

The Business Process Offshoring team at Colby BPO empowers US businesses to leverage management outsourcing without the hassle of conventional barriers. We work with highly-skilled teams worldwide and equip them with all the training necessary to integrate as a valuable member of your company.

Final Thoughts

Cultural and language barriers shouldn't stop you from successfully outsourcing your management responsibilities. Colby BPO can help you find offshoring solutions to reach your business objectives while minimizing the risks.

Contact us to meet us virtually – you'll see how normal international work relationships can be!