Workplace Planning Process
Workforce planning is a systematic process used by an agency to align its talent, strategy and solutions with its vision, mission and goals.
The Workforce Planning Guide is available for agency information and use of guides, templates and exercises.
OMES Human Capital Management is available for consultation and guidance throughout the process. Assistance can be provided in gathering data for the profile analysis. The Workforce Planning team can also facilitate workforce planning training, exercises and policy navigation.
- Step 1
- Step 2
- Step 3
- Step 4
- Step 5
- Step 6
Step 1: Set the Direction
- Form the team.
- Review the agency strategic plan, mission, vision and goals.
- Prioritize the hot issues.
- Determine expectations, accountabilities and timeframe
Step 2: Analyze
- Workforce composition – current state.
- Details and historic trends.
- Demographics, turnover, retirement eligibility, hire rates, span of control, etc.
- Identified pivotal, core, support and misaligned roles.
- S.W.O.T. and P.E.S.T.E.L. analyses.
- Future outlook – future state.
Step 3: Define the Gap
Gap Analysis Overview is the surplus and/or deficits identified when comparing the future state with the current state, pinpointing the workforce gap. This process is called Defining the Gap.
This gap is the basis for developing workforce strategies. The information determined from the gap analysis is used to identify specific strategies and actionable objectives for the workforce plan.
Step 4: Closing the Gap
Gap closing strategies should align the gap closing solutions to the agency’s strategic initiatives. Strategies typically concentrate on the critical factors that are supported by pivotal and core roles within the agency.
- Changes to the recruitment process.
- Training and professional development.
- Redeployment of the organizational structure.
- Strategic Performance Management.
- Knowledge continuity.
- Compensation and reclassification adjustments.
- Changes to the agency’s cultural well-being.
Step 5: Implement
Implement a workforce plan by defining the action plan elements: actionable objectives, outcomes, supporting steps, lead measures, accountabilities, timelines and overall measures for success. These action plan elements come together to create S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and timely) workforce goals.
Step 6: Revise
Review and revise annually or bi-annually.
- Action items (OKSEES).
- Workforce analysis (Lifecycle surveys).
- Action plan progress.
- Revise/create an action plan (new issues, continued improvement).
Contact Workforce Planning for more information about the workforce planning process for your agency.
Our team can help your agency:
- By providing consultation and guidance throughout the workforce planning process.
- Gather data for the profile analysis.
- Facilitate workforce planning training and exercises.