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Headcount Planning

Headcount Planning With Excel or Google Sheets

Helping Managers & HR Teams

Collect input on HR data from team leads or department heads. Manage access, track and review changes, collaborate and communicate on top of your Excel files or Google Sheets.

The Challenges of Keeping
 an Headcount Plan on Spreadsheets

Headcount planning requires a notable amount of input from managers and extensive consolidation from HR teams.

Managers are left in the dark about how they can benefit from this effort, and HR teams get frustrated whenever an update to headcount figures is required.

Layer helps HR teams to create live headcount reports by automating data collection and consolidation.

Without layer

Management and Finance are not able to have constant access to the latest HR costs and data.

Headcount planning requires input from different departments involving sensitive data that shouldn't be shared with every team member, such as salaries and costs.

Such safeguard prevent other teams from accessing HR cost data, unless this data lives in a different spreadsheet, separated from individual salary and other sensitive information.

Having to shield away certain data leads to manually intensive processes.

With layer

Data can be updated frequently without the hassle of a manual process.

Dedicate parts of your spreadsheet to separate stakeholders by setting different viewing and editing permissions per individual or team and review all the data changes made to the file.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level
Without layer

Reporting on headcount changes can be a time-consuming process.

Updates to Headcount figures are usually relevant only to the respective team leaders. Sending countless emails repeatedly to different stakeholders communicating headcount changes is a process that can take several hours.

With layer

No more individual email sending.

No more emails. Define how often to share different parts of your data with various individuals, and Layer will take care of it for you and notify them of any input requests if needed.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

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Layer acts as a gatekeeper, keeping your data secure while extending collaboration features in both Excel and Google Sheets


Manage Access

Work across filetypes and manage the access to your spreadsheets down to the cell level.


Review & Track

Spot changes quickly. Accept or reject them, keep previous file versions and restore them if needed.



Define, assign & monitor tasks. Keep discussions, actionable feedback, or context all in one place.

Using Layer as a core platform for sharing data and collaboration helped make our reporting workflows 10x faster. We get some of the same processes done in a tenth of the time.

Other Ways to use Layer

Keep Excel and GSheets. Explore the endless ways you can improve how HR collaboration happens with the help of spreadsheets.

Get Started With a Free Pre-Built Headcount and Workforce Planning Template

Manage and keep a detailed overview of your workforce data, calculate salaries, and forecast future changes to help your business run smoothly.

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Headcount and Workforce Planning Template

Turn your HR spreadsheets into team players

Stop working in silos and relying on manual and repetitive menial tasks.
Layer has everything your team needs to streamline your communication flows and collaborate more efficiently on Excel and Google Sheets.