When Does “Outsourcing” Feel Like “Insourcing”?January 5, 2021
The core question we get from our prospective clients is, naturally, “how are LACOSTA’s services going to benefit our business?”.
Well, the answer to this question is long and multifold, but much of it revolves around one key concept: the benefit of outsourcing versus insourcing. By outsourcing your janitorial needs and requirements to us, we are able to deliver a series of cost savings and efficiency benefits.
In this post, we will cover some of the fundamental benefits that come with outsourcing as opposed to insourcing in general, while at the same time focusing on why this is particularly beneficial when done with LACOSTA for janitorial services.
What is Outsourcing versus Insourcing?
We’ll start with a quick, basic definition of these two methods before diving into the details.
Outsourcing involves contracting with an outside organization, like LACOSTA. This organization is then responsible for providing a service to meet a series of needs.
On the other hand, insourcing is the exact opposite. It involves an organization or company utilizing its internal employees and resources to complete a specific task or fill a particular role. This usually requires hiring, training, and other human resources requirements.
What are the Benefits of Outsourcing as Opposed to Insourcing?
Focusing on Core Business Operations
Businesses, especially larger ones, are constantly juggling tasks and needs, all of which need to be fulfilled and met quickly and efficiently. Many of these needs are operational needs, such as janitorial services at warehouses or production facilities.
However, with all these varied tasks that need to be focused on and executed correctly, it is easy for businesses, particularly individuals in management, to lose sight of the business’s core focus.
For example, it can be hard to focus on determining whether or not it would be beneficial for a production plant to upgrade to a new machine or method when the plant manager or business development officer is tasked with paying attention to all the small aspects of the plant’s operation. By outsourcing routine tasks that are repetitive and not core components of the business, such as janitorial services at warehouses, management can direct the full bulk of their attention and efforts to more important aspects of the business. Meanwhile, this leaves the more routine tasks to those who are best trained and equipped to handle them (such as how LACOSTA specializes in providing efficient, cost-effective janitorial services).
Reducing Costs and Human Resources Requirements
At LACOSTA, we know from decades of experience that it is not easy to maintain a fully-equipped, trained, and efficient janitorial workforce. The industry often suffers from a lot of employee turnover (though we have drastically cut turnover rates in our own company through various methods) and, as such, it can be hard to find dedicated professionals eager to complete an efficient and effective job day-in and day-out.
By outsourcing, your business doesn’t have to worry about hiring and training employees, reducing employee turnover, staying up to date with the latest industry standards, and managing the healthcare and retirement benefits of dozens or even hundreds of janitorial employees. Instead, you can cut out all these costs by outsourcing your janitorial services.
Improve Efficiency and Productivity
One of the biggest benefits of outsourcing is that it allows our clients to improve their worksites’ efficiency and productivity. We have been in this industry for decades, so we know how to train our employees and motivate them to do their best every day. By outsourcing to us, we can deliver a flawless operational delivery for your business by utilizing our gold-standard operating procedures.
We are continually refining and honing these procedures, and first-in-industry standards since our core job and focus are your company. This is something that most businesses that insource just aren’t able to do since they cannot devote the kind of time we do to the development and updating of our janitorial processes and procedures. In contracting with us, you can always be confident that you are receiving the latest cutting-edge cleaning and disinfection programs and technologies for your worksite.
Raise Your Cleaning Service Standards
At LACOSTA, our janitorial teams and services comply at all times with the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) both of which are universal to cleaning that ensures we are delivering an efficient and cost-effective janitorial solution for your company.
At the same time, we are well-versed in FDA and GMP standards, and we are fully equipped to operate in any and all environments regulated by these standards. Indeed, our workforces are specially trained and technology-enabled, and we both state of the art cleaning equipment and green chemicals as part of our commitment to the environment.
In light of all this, by outsourcing with us, you can drastically raise your cleaning standards to ensure a healthy workplace environment for all your employees. After all, these standards, and particularly FDA and GMP standards, take time to understand and comply with. At LACOSTA, we are already experienced with all of these. We can jump right in, removing the burden of the process of research, development, and implementation that your business would otherwise have to undergo to meet these standards.
Reassure Your Employees that their Health and Safety Comes First
Outsourcing with an experienced janitorial service team can also go a long way in reassuring your employees that you’re dedicated to and invested in their health and safety within the workplace environment.
This has been particularly important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, during which time we have adjusted our cleaning procedures, operations, and solutions to meet CDC requirements and guidelines, as well as the individual needs of our specific clients. Seeing our professional teams in action, who specialize in the cleaning and sanitizing of workplace environments, has helped build the confidence of our many clients’ employees.
There is no doubt that maintaining an in-house janitorial team across multiple worksites can be extremely difficult. It is part of why we are so enthusiastic about our business and our services here at LACOSTA. Since we started over three decades ago, we have been delivering efficient, effective, and productive janitorial solutions to our clients, proving that outsourcing with LACOSTA feels as personalized as insourcing.
As always, if you have any questions about outsourcing your janitorial needs to LACOSTA, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to discuss how our services can benefit your business in particular!