Workforce planning

Firms recruit, select and train staff in different ways with varying degrees of success.

Without the right staff with the right skills, a business cannot make enough products to satisfy customer requirements.

This is why organisations draw up workforce plans to identify their future staffing requirements.

For example, they may develop plans to recruit a new IT Manager when the current one plans to retire in eight months time. Other reasons for requiring new staff include:

  • employees may be promoted and have to be replaced
  • workers move to another job
  • workers may decide to resign/quit