Bringing the power of foresight to the

Challenge of Workforce Planning

Find out how you can use Silico to generate foresight and find optimal solutions for better workforce planning under uncertainty

The Landcape

Workforce Planning continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of running a business. Individual component metrics, such as budgetary capacity, client growth, hiring lifecycle, and training schedules, are easy to measure and well understood. However, making any reliable predictions on which to base decisions is notoriously difficult.

The Challenge

The Solution

The main challenge for Workforce Planning is that several different factors combine to make staying ahead of hiring needs complicated. To add to the complexity, some of these variables are related, for example, when business is good it may be that the marketplace in general is buoyant, lengthening hiring lifecycles just when you want to hire.

The answer to the challenges of Workforce Planning is the type of advanced analytics platform that Sheetless provides. Sheetless provides the ability to model complexity using a simple tool set that handles multiple layers. The graphical interface makes it easy to establish how different parts of Workforce Planning are related and can also parameterise each metric to explore sensitivities.

Workforce Analytics with true foresight


Question 1

Why this is important?

Workforce Planning can be thought of as the relationship between talent supply and talent demand. These are like two taps that flow are different speeds at different times, causing floods and droughts when not well managed. Having a model that helps you turn these taps on and off in a virtual world helps to make better hiring plans in the real world.

Question 2

What is the impact?

Having actionable insights that drive better decisions is a core component of any HR process. In providing HR managers with better tools to analyse and forecast potential future scenarios, Silico puts Senior HR decision makers at the centre of Corporate Strategy and Planning. Taking the Silico approach allows you to use the data you already have to answer a range of questions including:

  • What is my optimal hiring strategy?
  • How is my strategy likely to perform over different time periods?
  • Where can I reduce/increase budget and have the minimum/maximum impact on retention?
  • What should I prioritise next year if the market is going to change?
Question 3

How does this fit with my current approach?

Using the type of advanced analytics that Sheetless provides is a simple way of enhancing all your current tools. You can think of Sheetless as a sandbox that you can use to link together different marketing metrics and analyse all your marketing strategies. If you are the type of organisation that already has a range of workforce planning analytics, then Sheetless can reach across the silos and bring those analytics together.

Question 4

How easy is the technology to install?

Silico believes in the accessibility and compatibility of offering Software as a Service (SaaS). The Silico solution will run through any browser and users can be up and running within a couple of clicks. Silico offers a free access for interested users which provides modelling access for creation of a single model. Our development cycle ensures that enhancements are regularly made available to all users. Where required the software can be deployed on any private cloud giving authenticated access and extra layers of security.

Question 5

How easy is Silico to use?

Silico is incredibly intuitive by design. The basic premise can be understood in seconds, you can build your first simple model in minutes, and your results can be viewed instantly. From there, you can continue to layer on detail until you are satisfied; the final complexity is ultimately up to you. And if someone else needs to come back and iterate your work, the visual nature of the interface means that anyone can understand what the model does and build upon it.

Question 6

What level of support does Silico provide?

Silico provides 24-hour support via our online support portal, which also hosts our ever-expanding online community of expert users. Silico is based in London and currently follows UK office hours providing in person support from 8am through to 6pm GMT.