Workforce planning is the ongoing balancing act that ensures the right individuals with the right skills at right place at the right time, to meet a organization’s current and future objectives (Lepak & Gowan, 2010). According to Lepak and Gowan (2010), environmental influences are the pressure that exists outside companies that managers must consider to strategically manage their employees. The number of employees keeps on changing in different departments of an organization. Managers need to study the factors such as employee turnover and company growth challenge to make workforce planning decisions to maintain the necessary number of employees. For making the workforce planning decisions, different factors should be considered. Environmental factors such as labor force trends, technology, globalization and ethics and social responsibility have impact on managers’ workforce planning decisions. Labor force trends: There is workforce diversity so managers should reevaluate while making decisions on workforce planning. Managers should recruit and select individuals so that he/she can eliminate the direct or indirect discrimination in working place. Labor force keeps on changing as per the change in market. Manager should also focus on providing various benefits to the labor such as retirement benefit, bonus, incentives, other various benefits that helps to keep labor secure even though after their retirement. Labor seeks their opportunity in market. Managers have to gather up to date information about labor force trend for making decision on workforce planning. Technology : Technology keeps on changing day by day. Proper use of technology gives the competitive advantage to the organization. Technological advancement has changed the thinking about work from labor because technology has changed the way of interaction, sharing information, coordination and communication with other employees. Due to the use of technology in organization, an employee must possess a...
References: Lepak, D., & Gowan, M. (2010). Human resources management: Managing employees for competitive advantage.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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