How can we right size manpower numbers in my organization?
Our manpower cost is very high and we realized that one of the way of reducing it is right sizing manpower count. How should we go about it?
Establish a priority protocol geared towards your desired result. Which aspects generate the highest profit margin, which aspects then stand in support to or of that aspect. By placing your focus appropriately, the result should be one of increased profitability. Use this pattern then in determining your best use of manpower. Following this route, increased profitableility should allow you to focus more on growth and support and less on how much dough it takes to makebthe donuts
Focus on skills required and not manpower required. Assign works to individual based on what skills required from him to equip the capability of the company. At the same time, review your business processes to streamline processes so that smooth work processes can be conducted.
While we assign works to fill skills gap to meet company's requirements, try to get the individual to works within the same process lines so that minimum interruption will occur. The individual can hold multiple appointments, but need to ensure minimum interruption to the processes.
Bottom line ...improve productivity + manpower planning techniques
There is a thumb suck way and then there is a more scientific way. If you are interested you can read an article I have posted recently on linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/redefining-cost-effective-measurable-organisation-pieter?trk=prof-post
I have also posted a YouTube video that explains how you go about doing a scientific rightsize - see in the presentation the part where quantification identify the unnecessary layering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgadBmzSXXU
Contact me if this is of interest.
Try to assign similar work to one person. For example - tendering and sales or invoicing and key account management...