Meaning – The term headcount, refers to the number of personnel that has been assigned to the manager, or the number of people present for a particular event at any given point in time.

Whenever a new project is to begin in an organization, the manager of the project is the first person to be assigned. This is followed by the organization assigning a group of people who will work under the manager. Once the assignments and roles are decided, the manager takes a headcount of the number of people who will be working under him/her. This allows the manager to keep track of the progress of each employee under him, without getting mixed up with other employees in the organization.

Example of usage“When he was given a list of names of the people who would be working under him, the first thing he did was take a headcount, to see if the two matched.”