What is Workforce Planning?
Workforce planning is a fundamental component to ensure continual success of an organisation. Certifying talented, skilled and committed workers will allow organisations to achieve the results and objectives they set out in order to produce an efficient and effective organisation. Workforce planning is defined as a “continual process of shaping the workforce to ensure that it is capable of delivering organisational objectives now and in the future” (Department of Local Government and Communities, 2012). Workforce planning provides organisations to achieve its objectives they set to achieve by having the right people with the right skills at the right time (Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment, 2011). It is a tool that allows management to enable workers to be aligned and working in the same direction to achieve the mission that is set of an organisation and recognises current and future workforce related issues that may obstruct achieving this result (Washington State Human Resource, 2012). The key principals of what workforce planning accomplishes involves revealing issues related the workforce within the organisation, indicating what skills and capabilities are required to achieve the proposed goals and objectives of the organisation, creates a better understanding of the current workforce set up at the organisation of SWOT analysis and demographic profiling and it allows the organisation to recognise future business ideas (Human Resources UTAS, 2006).
History of workforce planning
The development of workforce planning and managing labour goes back to the early 1900’s. After the First World War and the large impact it had on the many people across the world disciplined, committed and practised workers were needed to managethe problem of the heavy demand of goods and services that affected many people which resulted in identifying and changing the job titles of workers responsible for managing the workforce and the...