Calculating Staffing Needs

March 6, 2022

Calculating Staffing Needs

Calculating Staffing Needs

Calculating Staffing Needs

Instructions for Calculating Staffing Needs:

  1. Review Learning Exercise 17.4 – Calculating Staffing Needs (located in Chapter 17 of the textbook)
  2. Calculate the staffing needs for the day shift and answer the following questions:
    1. You have on duty one RN and one LPN working 8 hour shifts and a ward clerk for 4 hours. Are you understaffed or overstaffed?
    2. If you had the same number of patients but the acuity levels were the following, would your staffing needs be the same?
      • Two patients in category I acuity level
      • Three patients in category II acuity level
      • Two patients in category III acuity level
      • Zero patients in category IV acuity level
  3. Your paper should be:
    • Typed according to APA style for margins, formatting and spacing standards.
    • Typed into a Microsoft Word document, save the file, and then upload the file

Applying the same principle to work that involves varying levels of output and multiple activities makes quantification more complex. Traditional methods such as time and motion for an assembly line operations study involves observing people at work to record time taken for specific tasks, and other specific work related actions to identify time required to complete tasks and productivity levels. The total work is then divided by time taken, to calculate the staffing requirements.

Other industries have since then developed their own methods of estimating time and productivity. The Erlang C formula, for instance

Calculating Staffing Needs

Calculating Staffing Needs

is a good choice for calculating staffing requirements by interval, useful for customer support and call centers. This method calculates the optimal staffing levels after calculating metrics such as call volumes, average handling times, and service level goals. Shrinkage or unproductive time may distort such calculations.

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Informal Managerial Judgments
Very often, determining staffing needs depends on the subjective and rule of thumb judgment of an experienced manager. The popular joke “a project manager is the one who thinks that if a mother can deliver a baby in nine months, nine mothers can deliver a baby in one month” illustrates the limitations of relying solely on a statistical analysis over floor level practical knowledge.

A seasoned manager, foreman, or business owner, over time would have a correct understanding of the extent of work involved in the firm or department, seasonal spikes and lows, nature of skills and competencies required and more. A variation of this approach is to employ a few personnel first, and then add to the head count as the managers or business owners find existing personnel overwhelmed with work and having to engage in overtime on a regular basis. Most small organizations adopt this method by default.

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