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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21 Sep

The Simple Business Plan – Your Process

The next step in your Simple Business Plan is your process (Part 6).  Your Process is how you do things.  It is the methods and values, by which you produce a product or provide a service.  Consistency in your process promotes consistency in production and service.  You have the same quality for each item you produce or provide.  How do you ensure that you have consistency in your process?

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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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31 Aug

The Simple Business Plan – Marketing Strategy

Your Marketing Strategy is how you’ll sell your product and services as well as to whom.  You’ll have to define your ideal customer and in doing so also identify who is not your customer.  A common marketing problem for a business is that it tries to be all things to all people.  You’ll need to develop a sharp focus on exactly who your customers are and align that with what make or provide.  This will ensure that your sales are focused on the right things resulting in more sales.

How do you accomplish this?

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