Workforce Planning

How Many Workers Do I Need?

How Many Workers Do I Need?

Whether you own a small farm or a large operation, you have goals in mind for your business. For example, you may want to reach certain revenue targets, expand your product mix, or reduce operational costs. But to achieve those goals, you need to have the right number of people with the right mix of skills available at the right times of the year.

Human resources (HR) planning helps you to determine the type of workforce you need to support your business goals and identify the changes you can make to build and support that workforce.

This module will help you develop a workforce plan, step by step. First, you’ll learn how to identify the mix of skills and experience your operation requires. Next, you’ll compare these requirements to your existing workforce so that you see any gaps and shortcomings. Finally, you’ll identify the actions that will help you to address these gaps and build the workforce you need to support your business goals.

Your HR plan will guide many of the HR decisions that you make throughout the year, including:

  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Hiring
  • Performance management
  • Training and development
  • Compensation
  • Health and safety
  • Workplace wellness
  • Succession planning

A clear HR plan helps you to achieve your business goals by linking decisions about human resources to your overall business strategy.