There are also some who never like the ideas of using external consultants for many of the known reasons within the business fraternity.
Here are ten reasons why external consultants do a better job with respect to in house personnel for certain tasks.
No time for office politics
They are generally not interested in politics of the company.
There are there to get the job done.
Time is a precious commodity and playing politics simply takes up too much time.
The report to only one person
They are answerable to no one except for themselves and the one that hire them.
When too many people get involved in making decisions it will generally turn out to be a mess.
They are efficient
They know how to use resources in an efficient way.
They need to find the most efficient way to get things done.
They are not part of company culture
Every company has it’s own culture.
Their own way of getting done.
Sometimes it’s not necessarily the most effective way.
However consultants are not beholden to company culture.
They get things done in a way that they think it should be.
Irrespective of the company culture.
They infuse positive energy into the system
They bring along positive energy as they need to bring in the results within a stipulated time frame.
They are not interested in negative energy.
They need to find a way for it to work.
Hence there ‘s positive energy every where when interacting with consultants.
The positive energy will in turn flow within the company.
Company’s personnel can learn from them
As the consultants work on efficiency and time frame they
have a different mentality when approaching the problem head on.
Their approached untainted by the company culture can be a good learning experience.
They are expert in their own field
If your car has a problem you bring it to the mechanic.
If your household water piping system has a problem you go and see a plumber.
If you can identify a certain problem in the company that needs a certain expertise you find yourself a consultant in that area of expertise .
Getting someone who is not an expert in that field will only cause the problem to become worse.
They are expensive in short term however in long term they are a bargain
If you want to hire a consultant you need to understand that they will not be cheap.
After all if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
You want to solve the problem not make it worse.
In the short term consultant fee might look expensive however in the long term it’s worth every single penny.
Some companies will try to save money by getting another employee in the company to take this additional responsibility.
This is common blunder as the employee will be stretched thin due to his new commitments unless he is extremely efficient.
In the end his current responsibilities might see a deterioration in quality of work and he might not be able to fulfill the expectation of the new role.
In short he failed in both areas even though he might be very efficient in his original role.
They can share with you what they see as an outsider
They have an untainted view therefore they look at things independently. Form an external view unhindered by the company culture, they can share with you an alternative view point which sometimes can shed more light on issues that has been neglected for far too long.
They get the job done
They need to get the job done or it’s going to be difficult for them to get another job elsewhere.
Their success depends on how much they can deliver what is expected of them so that the customers can be their referrals
There s nothing more effective than having a satisfied customers who would then trumpet the ability of the consultants to their friends.
Customers’ success allows them to build on a bigger customer base.
It’s the survival of their own business so therefore they must get the job done.