Dinesh Divekar
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Dear All, Can you please guide me regarding work-study technique for manpower planning? Any practical example will be of great help. Thanks Regards Sukhada Sant
14th April 2013 From India, Pune
Dear Sukhada,

You could have given little more information like are you student or professional, what is your designation, nature of the industry that you work in etc.

Manpower planning depends on (a) capacity (b) demand and (c) skills of the people. However, this is a very broad categorisation.

For example, in the restaurant, the number of chairs (number of covers in hotelier's language) decide how many waiters you should have. The number of waiters decides the requirement of the captains.

In the star hotels, a number of rooms decide the requirement of housemen, room service staff etc.

But then both the above examples depend on the market demand also.

In the courier and logistics industry, you need to keep the manpower whether demand or not. For example, a number of deliveries made cannot be the sole criteria for deciding the number of couriers. This is because we have to take into account the traffic situation also. In big cities at certain places, commercial vehicles move at 5-10 KM/hour. Then manpower depends on the volume of load to the picked up also. You need to have sufficient loaders depending on the load.

Therefore, there is no generalisation and manpower planning will differ from one industry to another, one product to another, one city to another etc.

Ok...

Dinesh Divekar

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15th April 2013 From India, Bangalore
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your guideline. Actually i have work experience in HR for 2.5 years.But i never came across this technique. Right now i am preparing for UGC NET. I read about it but could not understand exactly what might be the process for this.
Thanks
Regards
Sukhada Sant
15th April 2013 From India, Pune
Dear Sukhada,
Dinesh V Divekar has given you some ideas about manpower planning and raised a lot of apt questons. You have answered only one of those in stating that you have HR experience. So, let me ask you some specific questions.
What qualifications do you have to appear for the UGC NET?
Where have you worked as a HR and what exactly did you do?
Have you searched the web for Workstudy techniques? Techniques used depend upon the situation. Workstudy consists of two general techniques: Method Studies and Time Studies. Under each of these umbrella techniques there are various methodologies. I suggest that you kindly search the web and tell us what you found. I used to work as a Productivity Services Manager and have also taught Work Study as a subject to practitioners.
15th April 2013 From United Kingdom
Dear Sir,
I have completed MBA(HR) and worked with manufacturing industry for 2.5 years.My profile included Recruitment,payroll,training and ISO.We used to do manpower planning. But this might be the advance process.While preparing for NET I read about this technique. They have mentioned that for this standard time for manufacturing the product is calculated which is divided by man hours available.but my query is how it is practically applicable. I am searching web for the same.Thank you for your guideline.
Thanks
Regards
Sukhada Sant
15th April 2013 From India, Pune
Dear Sukhada,
Thank you for the clarification. This is the problem with the watered-down courses. Even in the UK in some courses the OPerations Management Module where the Workstudy used to be covered is skipped.
Please study material at Introduction to work study - Kanawaty, George - Google Books and let us know the answer to your question.
15th April 2013 From United Kingdom
Dear Sir, Thanks a ton for your guidance.I will definitely share the answer of my question through the material you have provided. Thanks Regards Sukhada Sant
16th April 2013 From India, Pune
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