Strategic Workforce Planning: Building Blocks to Success

The ability to attract and retain people with valuable skills that meet business objectives is vital for companies seeking to promote innovation, reduce risk, and stay competitive.

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With the tightening availability of critical labor skill categories worldwide, organizations need to empower forward-looking, critical thinking when developing and planning their workforce strategies.

HR leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to play a pre-eminent role in aligning talent with business strategy. Embracing strategic workforce planning (SWP) is a key enabler towards leading your organization’s development of a talent roadmap that will secure the resources needed to support strategic priorities.

The story that follows depicts how Nina Ramsey, CHRO for global workforce solutions provider Kelly Services, collaborated with leaders across the business and developed the companies’ internal SWP capability from the ground up. Starting with a small but focused strategic initiative, Kelly Services has since adopted strategic workforce planning as a standard business practice.

For any company looking to begin a strategic workforce planning journey, our advice is simple. Find a critical initiative that requires a talent strategy; then, evaluate your internal capabilities, engage external resources as needed, prepare to manage the change and most importantly, let the business be your guide.

As Nina shares, “you don’t have to ‘boil the ocean’ to make a difference with SWP.” I encourage you to get started and find ways to utilize strategic workforce planning to drive business results.

This white paper will help you gain insights to better understand how to move from SWP theory to reality. And using the Kelly® example, you’ll see it’s not necessary to wait until you have a big budget or a fully dedicated SWP team to get started. Download now.

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