Workforce planning is grounded in its contribution to organizational performance. It provides management with a way to align the workforce with the business plan, and address current and future workforce issues. Workforce planning helps employers better:
The terms workforce planning and succession planning are often used interchangeably. Many books and articles also use the terms human capital plan and talent management.
Washington State uses the following definitions:
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Strategic business plans create direction and a foundation for allocating resources. The goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures within the business plan should highlight the key workforce priorities.
Workforce planning requires leadership, commitment, and cooperation. While workforce planning is chiefly a responsibility of management, several business units contribute, including Strategic Planning, Budget, and Human Resources. A workforce planning consultant can help ensure all units work together to ensure success.