Article by: Ian

Businesses today are under enormous pressure. From power supply to skilled labour, companies have to operate under difficult conditions and have to comply with governance legislation, among other considerations. It stands to reason that workforce planning is becoming critical to sustain businesses.

Why? Well, there are several reasons and a number of different aspects that can be discussed and debated. Workforce planning is a useful tool to maximise productivity and motivate staff.

But implementing this requires a large amount of change management to ensure buy in and get the best possible return.

Fortunately, there are a number of software solutions which enable the process. This provides decision makers with an effective avenue through which to drive this aspect of modern business management.

Of course, there is always the option to not implement workforce planning and rather ‘go it alone’ from a strategy point of view. However, there are consequences to this approach and not having workforce planning in place could mean missed shifts, sub-standard productivity, unhappy employees and possible legislative risk.

Make no mistake, workforce planning will continue to grow in significance. Some of the trends characterising this facet of the business include correct scheduling of employees, from a skills and timing perspective, which leads to better performance and improved output.