12 Sep

Challenges of Workforce Planning

Our fifth installment of Developing a Workforce Plan involves Challenges.  Businesses do not just decide to have a Workforce Plan, discuss it, and it happens.  There are unique and expected Challenges of Workforce Planning that you will face when establishing a workforce plan that adds value.  These challenges, if not addressed and overcome fully in the process, will doom your Workforce Plan before it ever starts.

What are the Challenges of Workforce Planning?

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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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22 Aug

Why do Organizations Need Workforce Planning

In our second article in the Workforce Planning series, we discuss Why Do Organizations Need Workforce Planning?  Workforce Planning is the way highly effective leaders ensure they have a sustainable supply of the right talent, available at the right place and time, to meet their short- and long-term business objectives.  It provides them an action plan that helps meet their long-term goals to maintain long-term success. It’s an ongoing process that allows them to prepare to lead their company into the future successfully.

If your business is like many businesses, you have strategy’s in place that focuses on:

Technology,

Capital,

Brands, and so on

What you may not have is a strategy that focuses on what most businesses call their most valuable asset; your workforce.  Few businesses are as meaningful in their strategies for their most costly resource; the workforce.

What does all that mean?  Well, read on…

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17 Aug

The Simple Business Plan

Let’s be honest; business is hard.  As the old saying goes, “if it were easy, everyone would do it.”  Well, it isn’t, and it’s time we acknowledge that.  Fortunately, there are people like me who work hard to help business owners simplify the process; to help make business easier.  A key part of the business process is the Business Plan.  Often reviled, commonly misunderstood and even abhorred, having a Business Plan is important to success.  Simplifying the business plan development process is a part of what I do.  Having a  business plan affords you all of the advantages of the more common and complex one without the extensive amount of work and detail commonly used to create them.

Do you need a business plan?  Only if you want to be successful.  If you can’t plan your work and then work your plan, all you are doing is floating along.  Whether you are a startup or an existing business, a good business plan will help you be successful.

Let’s talk about business plans:

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