Background informationTwinkle Toes is a day care centre owned by Jenny Carter, he has successfully run the business forsome time now. Increasing demand for similar services has led Jenny to open a new centre Twinkle Toes Two on another suburb of his town. At the centre Jenny employs an administrator, a cook and a cleaner and several child workers. The ratio of child workers to children is 0.2 equivalent workers for each child below three years while that of child workers to children is 0.1 equivalent workers per child above five years.
From the fact that the business is successful this can be taken as an optimal number of workers for efficient day to day operations. Originally while planning his human resource at twinkle one, Jenny had faced a number of problems and has decided to approach a human resource consultant to enable him staff the new centre properly. Determining the Right Number of Employees at Twinkle Toes TwoHuman resource planning (HRP) plays a vital role in any business undertaking and it seeks to make sure the organizations is not understaffed or it has workers who are redundant or at some point during the organizations operation are idle, it seeks to eliminate the costs associated with it.
HRP in an organization deals with these two problems. It involves evaluating the business’ present and future numbers of employees that it needs in comparison with the resources it own or has access to currently and those it will envisions it will get in the future (Walker 2001, pp. 67). While staffing the new centre Jenny should ensure that he maintains the equilibrium of demands to supply (Fitz-enz 1990, pp.
25-29). Twinkle Toes twoshould avoid a situation where it has excess staff andor where the employees are not enough for efficient and effective operations at the centre as both situation show weaknessesin the positioning strategy of the centre. Lower than adequate employee numbers at the centre would mean Jenny cannot take advantage of economies of scale, while overstaffed businesses ends up paying employees or a workforce whose contribution to the business’ goal is less than the expected in comparison to the resources that Twinkle Two may use to remunerate them for their services. Jenny can use various methods to determine the number of employees his new centre will require and which kind will they be; whether casual or permanent employees.
Jenny should take an approach of mixing the permanent employees at the old centre with new recruits and further make the original employees the core of both centersas the skills they have learned can be easily transferred to the new staff. Theissue of staffing numbers then would not be a problem of staffing a whole new centre but rather the simpler task of adding additional workers to an experienced team at both the old and the new centre.
Jenny should base the information he already has from the old centre to determine how many members of staff are needed at the new centre (Beardwell, Holden & Claydon 2004, pp. 132).