03 Oct

Develop a Business Case for Workforce Planning

A common reason I am given for a business to not engage in workforce planning is that they don’t see the value in it.  Aside from the information, I presented in my article Why do Organizations Need Workforce Planning, there is the information presented in the Entrepreneur Magazine article, 5 Important Guidelines to Increase HR Values In Your Organization.  These articles may not address the objections of your harshest critics.  In that instance, you would have to develop a Business Case for Workforce Planning.

How do you develop a business case for  Workforce Planning (WP)?

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26 Sep

Is Workforce Planning Too Complex

Workforce Planning is the single best way to not only drive your talent strategy but also to support your overall business strategy.  Your workforce planning strategy should not exist unless it is aligned with and supporting your overall business strategy.  Building a Workforce Plan, as I have shared before, takes time, effort and knowledge.  A common concern is its complexity.  Is Workforce Planning Too Complex?

Let’s answer that question…

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19 Sep

Measure the Workforce Plan

The ability to measure the success of your Workforce Plan depends on overcoming one of the 3-Challenges.  That challenge is perception.  Most businesses in America, even those that refer to their employees as their most valuable asset, see the workforce as a cost to be managed.  Measuring the success of your workforce plan means changing that perception to one of seeing the workforce as the primary means of business growth and success.  In other words, like any asset, you must care for it in a way that makes it maximize its potential.  That is what we are doing here as we Measure the Workforce Plan to Ensure Maximum Potential.

Here is how…

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05 Sep

Developing an Action Plan For Your Workforce Planning

In the Fourth Article in the Workforce Planning Series; Developing an Action Plan for your Workforce Planning involves considering its purpose.  Workforce Planning is significantly more than just filling open vacancies and keeping warm bodies in positions.  It involves this simple formula:

High Performing Workforce = Employees’ Knowledge + Skills + Experience + Initiative

You didn’t think you had to do math, did you?  In reality, it is less math than it is understanding the relationship between different elements of Workforce Planning.  The goal when Developing an Action Plan for your Workforce Planning is to achieve high performance from the workforce.  Not “meets expectations” but HIGH PERFORMANCE.

How can your action plan develop HIGH PERFORMANCE from your Workforce?

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29 Aug

How Do You Develop a Workforce Plan?

In our Third Article in the Workforce Planning Series we discuss how all plans have a beginning, and certainly Developing a Workforce Plan does.  How You Develop A Workforce Plan is not as simple as waking up one day and deciding. “We are going to have a workforce plan.” It requires careful thought and yes, planning to plan.  Previously I shared that there were but 6 steps in the process.  The first of those steps was Develop a Business Strategic Plan.”  Hopefully, your business has one, for, without a Strategic Plan, your Workforce Plan has limited value.  Once you have your strategic plan we get to our actual question, How Do You Develop a Workforce Plan?

It starts with an understanding…

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