Workforce planning is a core element of running a successful business. It’s the process through which the skills and talents of the available workforce are aligned with the tasks and roles that need to be fulfilled. It may also involve recruitment strategies, as future workforce needs are identified and the gap between what’s available and what’s required is addressed.
Complex organisations can have challenging workforce management requirements, so any company that employs staff may need a bespoke software solution that simplifies their processes. While some companies may be able to employ workforce planning teams, most small and medium-sized companies don’t have that luxury.
While there are a variety of out-of-the-box workforce management solutions available they may not have the functionality you need for your organisation. Tailored solutions can be developed to meet the needs of your business, giving you all the tools you need to manage your workforce effectively.
So what should you consider when creating a workforce management system for your business?
Think about your workforce management needs
A bespoke software solution should fully meet the needs for which it’s been developed. That means having a clear understanding of what those needs are. In the case of workforce management, this will involve thinking about the kind of tools you need to make the process
Most workforce management systems will include common features such as forecasting and budgeting, time and attendance tracking, automated reporting and performance management. It should also provide mobile accessibility and integration with other software, particularly those designed to support human resources.
Involve your team
To fully understand your current workforce management needs and what you’re looking for from a bespoke software solution, it may be appropriate to conduct a complete audit of your current processes.
Make sure that the frontline team who handles workforce management processes are fully involved in the development of your system.
What would they like to change and what would make their job easier?
Ensuring their involvement throughout the development of your workforce management system should not only make your software better attuned to the needs of your company, but it also means your team is more invested in its success.
If you're moving from an analogue workforce management system, or you’re looking to update your existing workforce . management software, then think about the value you’d like your new bespoke software solution to deliver. What particular problems would you like to address and what additional features would make the process easier?
Think about your future needs
Smaller businesses with fewer people in their workforce are likely to be best served by a simpler system but this can change. If you have plans to grow and develop your business, then ensuring that your workforce management system can grow and develop with you is crucial.
Bespoke workforce management software should meet your current needs while having the capacity to develop further as your demands change.
At InTeck, we can work with you to create a bespoke workforce management system that better meets the needs of your company. To find out more about our bespoke software development services call 0800 368 5220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org