Why workforce strategy should be a part of your overall business strategy.

According to the Human Capital Institute, Strategic Workforce Planning is the most sought after skill in talent management today. According to Wikipedia, Workforce Planning is a continual process used to align the needs and priorities of the organization with those of its workforce to ensure it can meet its legislative, regulatory, service and production requirements and organizational objectives. Workforce Planning enables evidence based workforce development strategies.

The reason why Strategic Workforce Planning is in such high demand is pretty obvious. There are several issues affecting global businesses in the coming years. Aging workforce, severe lack of skill based workers and new generations that work in very different ways, to name just a few

Now I’d love to post the silver bullet here and be done with it. Charge for access and retire wealthy, but unfortunately it’s not that simple. What is simple, is asking questions. One of the areas that Avancos consults on frequently is the area of Workforce Strategy. We look at current state and then seek to help our customers define ideal state by looking to the future to identify their business and customers’ needs. By beginning with an understanding of the business and an end in mind, the Workforce Strategy will define itself.

What does the org chart need to look like to support the initiatives of the business, and by when? Are the right players in the correct roles? Are we recruiting the right kinds of talent? Implementation of that plan is another matter entirely but having the blueprint is key to a strong start.

Who owns the customer’s success? Who owns the product? By delving into these types of questions, you’ll be amazed how quickly the hurdles and blockades and fiefdoms and egos begin to present themselves. For more information on how Avancos helps its’ Clients, click here. In the meantime, keep asking questions and leave your ego at the door.

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