How to make the most out of being part of an insourced organization
I’ve been working for a multination company for almost 7 years now and in my 5 years of managerial experience, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss ‘being insourced’ with several people within the local team, colleagues from other departments and fresh recruits. I therefore have a broad overview of the ‘insourcing’ phenomenon and how to make the most of it. For the managers within these organizations, I believe this article will give you an already well known insight into how your teams are divided. For those of you that recognize themselves in one of the below categories, don’t forget that any change is up to you. What you should never forget is that you must learn to explore, leverage and use any opportunities that your company is offering. If you don’t see any, it’s because you haven’t searched hard enough.
As in life, you will have several categories of people with mixed feelings about what it means to be a part of a multinational company. I will proceed with analyzing 3 of these categories, although I am sure most of them are not black and white. We live by shades of grey, so do read the below lines with a grain of salt. And without further ado…
Category 1: The optimists: people that see being part of a multinational organization as a great opportunity. They will want to make the most of it! These individuals agree that by being offered this chance, they can absorb a lot of information in a short period of time and, if they have real potential, they have access to a career path that is otherwise hard to achieve in a public sector company or in smaller business segments.
To the optimists I say – keep up the good work! If there’s one thing I learned is that if you work hard enough, demonstrate teamwork, make yourself visible and take every challenge as an opportunity, your efforts WILL be recognized and you WILL take a step forward in your career. Just remember to be patient, resilient and never underestimate the power of good networking and personal branding.
Category 2: The realists: they will not make use of all the opportunities for personal development, but they will find comfort in being part of an organization that offers them security, manageable workload and a pleasant work environment. Persons in this category can develop into one of two ways – they can either be motivated enough to strive for a better chance in the company, or they can become allies of the third category in finding faults at every step.
To those of you out there who are in their comfort zone and do not feel like leaving it yet – remember that stagnation will lead to frustration at one point. Having a management role is not mandatory and is not fulfilling for everyone. See what you can do on a horizontal layer – can you get to a better job level? Are there trainings you can attend and that may benefit you in the future? Is there another position within the company that you believe suits you better? You are responsible for your own development, so seize any opportunity you have!
Category 3: The pessimists. Feeling overworked, underappreciated, underpaid, exhausted and not very fond of change?
Never forget that it’s all up to you. Re-evaluate your priorities! What would you be doing if money were no issue? Do you afford to do that now? Why not? Who are the people you can engage in pulling you out of the rut? There’s a solution for everything. If you can’t find it, go to your manager and ask for guidance. It takes a great deal of courage and a great deal of introspection to understand what you want to do in life. The process can be rocky, but you don’t have to do it alone. Just make sure you gather the courage to address anything that is bothering you and you may be on the road to success soon.
Although presented as 3 different categories, I am sure that the feelings portrayed can be lived by one person alone in the course of a few years. Bottom line – the way you evolve is your responsibility. Your personal development must be triggered by yourself. Don’t do it alone, though. If there’s one thing you can count on is that companies thrive thanks to the talented people that are part of them. I haven’t seen a case where a person with potential was left on its own. Find a coach or a mentor to guide you and I guarantee things will take on a different perspective.
Finally – there is no secret to the fact that the road to success is paved with obstacles. Be resilient, find allies and play on your strengths. No great progress has been done in one day, so give it time and never lose sight of the greater purpose!
Author: Cristiana Lupu
Cristiana Lupu it is an experienced Senior Sales Support Manager within Romanian Outsourcing industry (insourcing) having 7 years expertise in handling sales support operations within Oracle Corporation – for various countries within Europe, Middle East and Africa. Cristiana accumulated an interesting experience within sales support operations, insourcing, team management and now she is ready to contribute to the development of Romanian Outsourcing Community led by Outsourcing Advisors. As a result, Cristiana Lupu became an Outsourcing Advisors Contributor starting with July 2013.