Stop searching for the magic bullet

When it comes to figuring out the perfect staffing level, it just doesn’t exist
By Thomas Bechet
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/20/2006

Wouldn’t it be great to find an easy, objective way to calculate required staffing levels? A “magic bullet” in the form of a software package or a model into which organizations could simply plug numbers sounds appealing. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t exist.

But that doesn’t mean figuring out the ideal staffing level is impossible. When it comes to defining required staffing levels, the magic is the result of a carefully crafted combination of effective staffing processes, in-depth business knowledge, keen insight and hard work.

Before defining required staffing levels, it’s important that both HR and managers have a common understanding of what they’re trying to accomplish. Here are some basic elements that should be part of that understanding: