10/03/15 By Jennifer Brown

Workforce Planning for the Year AheadWorkforce planning can help your company stay on track to achieving your business goals. Having the right people in place at the right time can make all the difference. When it comes to your business goals and objectives for the upcoming year, much of the success (or lack thereof) in reaching those goals and objectives stems from the people you have on the payroll – your employees. As we enter into the last quarter of 2015, you are most likely starting to develop (or at least thinking about) your staffing plan for next year. To help get you started, here are a few items to consider:

Current Workforce
Understand the competencies of your current employees. Do you have the talents you need to achieve your business objectives for next year? What are your employees greatest strengths? What competencies are you lacking? Answering these questions will help you build a framework for your staffing plan.

Potential Workforce Changes
Your staff today may not be the same staff you have 3 months from now. Make sure to consider potential factors such as attrition (transfers, retirements, resignations and terminations). Anticipating changes in your current workforce will help you proactively plan for replacing talent that leaves your organization.

Know Your Demands
Assess what knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) your organization will need to reach your business objectives in the upcoming year. Can current employees be leveraged in new ways to benefit the organization? Determine if these required KSAs can be trained and developed with current members of your team or if you will need to add new positions to meet your talent demands.

Paying attention to these three variables is a great way to start your workforce planning effort. To clearly understand these metrics can take some time. No time like the present to get started…in fact, the sooner the better. Need help with planning for the year ahead? Give us a call. We will help you determine and plan for your workforce needs and achieve your business goals for the coming year.


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