We all want our businesses to be as productive and successful as possible – and an essential step in achieving this goal is workforce planning… but what does that actually mean?

Workforce planning means having the right people with the right skills in the right role. It links back to your company goals and ensures that you have the right team makeup to achieve your objectives.

Depending on the size of your organisation, workforce planning can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t need to be done all the time – once a year after reviewing company goals is a great frequency. And it provides so many benefits to your business, such as

  • Aligning HR strategy with business goals
  • Identifying the most efficient use of your staff
  • Opportunity for succession planning
  • Identifying opportunities for current staff
  • Ability to better target training and development
  • Preparing for future business needs

There are a few different ways the workforce planning process can be undertaken, but common to most of them will be identifying the gap between where your business is currently, the direction you want to go in the future and what roles are key to getting you there. You can then work out what roles you need to hire to bridge this gap.

P.S. We have been working on something that will make workforce planning so much easier, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch with me if you have any questions or feedback – karen@latituderecruitment.com.au.

Good luck!

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