The Recruitment Process: Workforce Planning

Here at aspire cambridge we understand that the recruitment process can be very complex, extended and costly for many businesses as they require complex workforce plans that fit into their corporate objectives and make it economically effective to use external suppliers to compliment their recruitment plans. While some companies may see employment agencies as an additional cost, an experienced and professional recruitment agency can actually add value to a business and result in a cost effective solution to their recruitment needs.

This is the first of six articles on the topic of the recruitment process because we understand what a complex process and experience it can be for so many of our clients. In this article we will talk about Workforce Planning while our future articles will cover defining the need, attracting candidates, pre-selection, assessing candidates and we will end with the selection decision.

What Is Workforce Planning?

Businesses and HR Departments are often talking about workforce planning because it is a very important issue for so many companies of all shapes and sizes; but the actual task of implementing workforce planning can be daunting because sometimes it is difficult to define a workforce plan in a business.

You need to look at workforce planning as a systematic and fully integrated organisation process, by implementing a workforce plan you are proactively planning ahead and this will enable you to avoid over or understaffing within your business. The idea behind workforce planning is that a company can be staffed more efficiently if you forecast the talent you have available and the talent you will require going forward.

By being more efficient the company then reduces the risks of urgent lay-offs or emergency and panic hiring; by ensuring that your HR team are involved in the workforce planning process you will have the right number of people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

Why Should I Implement Workforce Planning?

The primary reason businesses implement workforce planning is down to economics; when workforce planning is implemented the right was there will be an increase in productivity, a reduction in labour costs and a dramatic cut in time-to-market because you’ll have all the right staff and skills in the right place at the right time.

Workforce planning works because it forces the business to stop and look towards the future which enables a company to avoid nasty surprises when they may need more or less staff. By planning ahead and considering all eventualities you are completing effective workforce planning and this means you have an integrated talent-management system without your business that may previously have been underused or under appreciated.

If you have been talking about workforce planning for your business but you’re not sure where to start then why not contact our human resource consultants on 01223 855440; we would be more than happy to help you implement a workforce planning system into your business.