Workforce planning in uncertain times

Hirsh W, Reilly P, Robinson D, Martin A |   | Institute for Employment Studies | May 2017

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This guide is a practical introduction to workforce planning for HR professionals and line managers. The overall framework, presented in the first section of this guide, and the questions and issues outlined in each of is component parts, can be used at differing levels of sophistication and in smaller organisations as well as large ones.

The guide is illustrated with examples from varied organisations of their workforce issues, how they approach workforce planning and how they are responding to their changing business needs and the environment in which they are operating. These insights and examples are drawn from case studies and expert interviews undertaken specifically for this guide, as well as from research reports and IES assignments.

A resourcessection at the back of the report includes some useful websites, especially for labour market information, as well as references.

The guide starts with a dozen practical tips - short enough for even the busiest people to glance at - summarising some of the key things all HR professionals and business managers should know about workforce planning.