Developing and Implementing Workforce Plans

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Developing and Implementing
Workforce Plans
WORKFORCE PLANS
A detailed plan of the strategies that the HR department will undertake to ensure that
future workforce needs are met
Remember future workforce needs may be more or less than the current provision
Strategies may include:
- Training
- Redeployment
- Internal promotion
- External recruitment
- Natural wastage
- Relocation
- Restructuring
STEP 1 ­ ANALYSING THE CURRENT SITUATION
Internal Staff Audit
Skills audit
- Existing skills
- Under utilisation
Personal performance indicators
Nature of workforce
- Age
- Ambitions
Labour Market Trends
Number and skills of entrants
- Qualifications
- Skills shortages
Changing demographics
- Net migration
- Ageing population
EU directives and UK legislation
- Working time directive
- Age discrimination
WORKFORCE PLANNING
The process of assessing current and future staffing needs
Allows management to be proactive and plan for any changes in the future size or nature
of the workforce

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STEP 2 ­ PREDICTING LIKELY FUTURE CHANGES
Impact of internal and external audits and trends
- Are existing staff likely to leave?
- Who will be available in the market?
Review of corporate and functional objectives
- What staff will be needed to achieve these?
- Will staff cuts help achieve these?
Analysis of future requirements
Detailed plan of what staff will be needed in the future
- How many?
- What skills?
- Where?
STEP 3 ­ WHAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN?
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Training
Motivation
Market failure
- Having invested in training and development might the business' employees seek better
positions elsewhere?
Opportunity cost
Financial cost
INTERNAL INFLUENCES ON WORKFORCE PLANS
Financial objectives
- Cost minimisation
- HR budgets
- Training budget
Operational objectives
- New technology
- Innovation
- Lean production
Marketing objectives
- Market growth
- Market development
- Low cost strategy
EXTERNAL INFLUENCES ON WORKFORCE PLANS
Legislation
- Minimum wage
- Health and safety at work
- Paternity rights
- Discrimination acts
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