What’s In It for Them? Considerations for Workforce Planning

workforce planning for greatnessStarting a business and planning for that business are very involved processes. When you’re looking over the checklist of must-haves for the location of your business, remember to think of the workforce. Think about the type of people you want working for you and what your choice in location offers them. 

Working in a remote location can be effective in saving you money on construction and make zoning less of a hassle, but your employees have to commute. Is their commute going to be long? Just how remote is the location of your job site? When you’re workforce planning, keep in mind that you need to make your job look attractive to the potential workforce. 

Many employees are not going to consider their job to be their life and it’s your job, as the employer, to consider their life outside of work. Workforce planning isn’t just about planning for how you’re going to staff; it’s also planning on how the location of your business supports that laborshed. 

Areas where the cost of living is affordable for what you plan to pay your employees are attractive, for obvious reasons. If your company is likely to hire employees who are starting families or already have families, think about the location of neighborhoods and school systems. What is the community like in that area?

Maybe your business is seasonal and aims to hire college and high school students who want to make money over summer break. Your workforce planning is different than the business that wants to hire older professionals. Think about where your business is going to be located and how available your pool of potential employees will be.

Currituck County, for example, has an available workforce of local students and students who just want to be in Currituck for the summer to enjoy the Outer Banks. There’s plenty of appeal for students to make Currituck their summer home and a summer job is a great way to make that dream a reality.

Here is a quick list of things that might help with workforce planning:

  • Is your business seasonal or steady year-round?
  • How close is your projected site to residential areas?
  • What is the average cost of rent?
  • What is the average cost of a house?
  • Are there schools nearby?
  • What are the local attractions?

Workforce planning is not a complicated process, but it is a detailed process. Businesses need employees and employees need somewhere to live that’s a reasonable distance from work. Employees also need to be able to sustain lives outside of work. Happy employees are always good news for the company. Think Currituck for a great location and a community to keep employees happy.

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