A beginner’s guide to offshore staffing in Thailand.
Are you a European business looking to tap into the benefits of offshore staffing in Thailand? If so, you’re not alone, and we understand why.
Thailand has become a top destination for European businesses who want to build offshore teams due to its competitive wages, highly skilled workforce, cultural compatibility with the West and many more benefits. Being a Danish-owned, Thailand-based company ourselves for the past 12 years, we have surely experienced these amazing benefits.
If you’re new to offshore staffing, the process of building an offshore team in Thailand might seem overwhelming. But with a growth mindset, a little bit of planning and the right approach, setting up a successful offshore team in Thailand can be the beginning of your next growth journey.
In this blog post, we’ll offer a beginner’s guide to offshore staffing in Thailand, with a focus on hiring an offshore staffing partner or agency to help you build your offshore team.
Understand and clarify your staffing needs.
The first, crucial step in building an offshore team in Thailand is to clarify your staffing needs. What positions do you need to fill, and what qualifications and skills do you look for in these positions? How many people do you need to hire? And most importantly, are these positions part of your core function or not?
Answering these questions will not only help you define your staffing requirements, give you a clear idea of what you’re looking for in an offshore team, but will also help you understand if offshore staffing is the right solution for your needs.
Research potential offshore staffing partners.
Once you understand why building an offshore team is the right solution for your business and what exactly you’re looking for in an offshore team, you must do research on potential offshore staffing partners or agencies. There are many companies in Thailand that specialize helping European companies like yours build offshore teams. Each of them may specialize in building offshore teams within a specific work function, or for a specific industry. It’s important to do your homework and find a reputable and reliable partner who offer the range of offshore staffing solutions that meet your exact business needs.
Align expectations and be open to negotiate.
Once you’ve identified a few potential partners or agencies, it’s time to start negotiating terms and conditions. Make sure to clearly communicate your staffing needs and requirements. Be sure to also discuss payment terms, benefits, and other important details to ensure that you’re both on the same page.
Our most important advice in this regard is to be open to find a mutually beneficial agreement. Why? Because the chosen offshore staffing agency will become your long-term partner, who will work dedicatedly to help you manage and develop your team, and grow your business.
Set up your offshore team together with your offshore staffing partner.
Aligning expectations and finding a mutually beneficial agreement will help set you up for success. Now it’s time to set up your offshore team. Besides to identify and hire the right talents for your business, we highly recommend you to work with your offshore staffing partner to onboard your offshore team properly. It’s important to set up systems and processes, as well as clear and open lines of communication with your team right off the gate to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that your offshore staffing operation will run smoothly.
Treat your offshore team as an extension of your in-house team.
They may be in a different country and time zone, but your offshore team is an extension of your in-house team. They contribute to your business goals and success. Like any in-house employee, you will get the best results from them by treating them as part of your company.
Keep your offshore team up to date with company announcements and plans. If possible, involve them as well. Make an effort to make your offshore team feel valued and included in order to build working relationships that benefit everyone.
Monitor and manage your offshore team effectively.
In addition to treating your offshore team as an extension of your in-house team, it’s also important to effectively monitor and manage your offshore team to ensure that everything is running smoothly. This involves regular communication with your team, as well as tracking progress and addressing any issues that may arise. We also recommend working with your offshore staffing partner to set clear performance goals and expectations for your team, and to provide regular feedback and support to help them succeed.
If you invest in establishing, developing and maintaining your offshore team, your offshore team can become successful as they could be.
By Sofia Nguyen • 07/01/2023