Workforce Planning Tool to Manage Changing Workforce Demand Levels

Workforce planning

Workforce planning is an integral part of our life. We plan for trips, birthdays, work, and our retirement. When it comes to work, there is budget and goal workforce planning. More specifically, in project management we have to plan for our resources. Unfortunately, workforce planning for shifts or changing workforce demand levels can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

In this blog, we’ll discuss what is demand planning and how one can improve forecasting with the aid of a resource management software.

But, before we jump into how we can forecast and plan our workforce properly, let’s get back to the basics.

What is Workforce Planning?

Workforce planning is the process of identifying a company’s long-term supply of resources. It requires a manager to understand their future resource requirements and compare those with their current staff count. For effective Workforce planning, an organisation has to analyse previous project trends and requirements, sales figures, country-specific holiday schedules and work times, weather, and seasonal data.

When done right, Workforce planning minimises resource disruptions and leads to gains in productivity and profitability. It also informs a manager what projects they can take on and identifies the timeframe they can complete them in. In simpler words, Workforce planning ensures you have the right people at the right time.

There are two forms of workforce planning:
Short-term: up to 2 years
Long-term: 5 years and beyond

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Different Workforce Planning Methods

Here are some of the most common ways organisations go about ensuring that their resources are sufficient.

Linear Regression

This is a statistical approach where the manager assigns a “weight” to all the project variables. They use historical data from sales and previous projects, alongside current predictions on market and economic conditions.


The benchmarking way, like its name, uses competitor data, performance metrics and processes to devise a forecast.

Delphi Method

In the Delphi method, a manager seeks the aid of industry experts for forecasting and workforce planning. Multiple sets of questionnaires are sent to experts and the responses are reviewed and consolidated. The report is again given back to the expert panel for feedback. The panel gets a chance to voice their opinion and this process is continued till a majority consensus is formed. Delphi Method is also known as estimate-talk-estimate (ETE) technique. The drawback to this approach is that it’s quite time consuming.

Challenges in Workforce Planning

Workforce planning is easier when your organisation has just one shift. It gets a whole lot more complicated when multiple shifts or several geographic locations come into play. Picture this example, you have a client based in Europe and you have teams in India, Japan, and Dubai servicing them. Every resource has different working hours, and you have to plan which resource will be available at what time. It’s no easy task.

One more applicable scenario is a 24/7 customer service call center. For a contact center, you’ll need to plan for workers who can be available for the night shift and have enough back-up resources if there is an increase in call volumes. You need to get the right forecasting model in place for accurate predictions.

Another challenge in forecasting is building the right labour models. Let’s go back to the customer service example, if you have data on the number of calls that are received during different shifts (morning, evening, and night), how can you ramp up or adjust the resources according to the call volume? How can a manager create the minimum number of employees required for any shift? What is the maximum capacity to scale employees?

Lastly, the metrics used for resource planning also change as per industry. For instance, in a hospital scenario, the relevant data would be on patient traffic and bed occupancy, while in a restaurant, it would be on order volume.

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Successful Workforce Planning with Resource Management Software

Workforce planning is a multi-step process and it requires inputs from various data points. Its complicity can increase as the size and scope of the project change. A resource scheduling software can make forecasting smoother, quicker, and more efficient.

Here’s how a workforce management tool can help you overcome resource planning challenges:

  1. Provides relevant, instant, and centralised data: The key to managing resources for fluctuating demand is data. A resource management tool is a powerhouse of real-time data, like GANTT charts and timesheets that can be seen by all stakeholders (or you can also limit access per your needs). A resource management tool will capture which resources were used in previous projects, what was their associated cost, and even highlight if resources are over or under utilised.
  2. Automates tasks: One of the best features of a workforce management software is that it automates tasks like statistical forecasting and approvals, and sets optimal utilisation rates. The tool automatically highlights if a resource is over-burdened through its capacity meter. It also eliminates the need to have calls and meetings to communicate changes to a project. The centralised dashboard will update necessary team members of changes immediately.
  3. Promotes Data-Backed Decision-Making: The software captures live data on costs, resource availability, load, and progress. All of this information is presented visually which further eases decision-making. It also prompts swift action. As a proactive manager you can identify if there is a skill-gap and immediately step-in to make a contingency plan for it.
  4. Your resources (employees) are both your company’s greatest asset and its highest expenditure. The right software by your side will ensure your business always has the right skillset and amount of people to meet the demand.

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CEO & Founder
Rudraksh Vyas
Rudraksh Vyas, an accomplished CEO at ENBRAUN since 2011, has a proven track record in leading and growing technology-driven businesses. His expertise lies in product development, client management, and implementing effective business strategies, ensuring robust financial and resource management. Prior to his current role, Rudraksh honed his skills in business development, where he excelled in account management and export marketing. He holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and an MBA in International Business from the University of Technology Sydney. Rudraksh's journey reflects a deep commitment to excellence and innovation in the tech industry, making him a respected leader and visionary in his field.

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