Strategic Workforce Planning

Overview

Overview

Strategic Workforce Planning is the most sought after skill in talent management today and the new SWP (Strategic Workforce Planner) program offers the first professional certification of its kind in the industry. SWP conferees have demonstrated both subject matter expertise and proficiency in solving some of the most pressing challenges in business. Master this critical skill today and move your career and your organization's objectives forward simultaneously.

The term Workforce Planning has been around for years and has been used to signify many different things. But true Strategic Workforce Planning builds upon quantitative activities such as headcount planning and workforce analytics and uses that data as part of a qualitative decision framework that can inform and transform organizational strategy.

Upcoming SWP Classes

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December

Why is SWP Important?

For Human Resources Practitioners & Executives
Studies suggest that as much as 80 percent of most organization's assets are intangible and company valuations are increasingly based on human capital. Lip service no longer, talent now has the attention of the C Suite and HR is being asked for detailed and strategic workforce plans. Those professionals that can provide them will thrive and see greater responsibility and opportunities for advancement. Those that can't will likely drift into increasingly marginalized roles . . . or worse.

For Corporate Recruiters & Talent Acquisition Professionals
The days of placing a job advertisement with a set of keywords in the local paper or online job board are drawing to a close. With overall recruiting budgets down, every hire is a critical business decision and must be guided by business strategy. The Strategic Workforce Plan is the map that guides that strategy and recruiters that can understand it and shape it play a vital role in talent strategy.

For Line Managers & Staff
If your organization is like many, change is much more likely in specific business units or departments than it is company wide. Line Leaders don't need to wait for the whole company to adopt a workforce plan to benefit from the creation of one that drives their own business. As with finance and marketing, workforce planning is increasingly a skill needed by every business leader.

SWP Outcomes

Add Strategic Value
Many tasks that need to be accomplished are tactical in nature: a problem exists and it has to be solved. Strategic workforce planning provides value on a whole different plane. It turns strategy into action, and focuses two to three years in the horizon to ensure that the organization will continue to be successful. Executives and leaders are keenly interested in this process, and how it drives all talent practices both now and in the future. The methodology and the tools to provide this insight are conveyed in this two-day, highly interactive course.

Optimize the Workforce
Turning strategy into action is difficult. It is necessary to think about the roles and critical talent that drives strategic achievement. Segmentation is a key to treating an organization’s assets like a portfolio to be managed: some parts of the portfolio add more value than others. A series of tools and techniques are presented to define the workforce that can execute the strategy and mission of the organization.

Mitigate Risk
Uncertain futures are scary. The recent financial crisis was clearly overlooked by a number of prestigious organizations; their strategic workforce planning efforts were not useful or successful. By using the matrix method of Futuring, organizations can prepare for futures, both in and outside their control.

Become a Center of Excellence
Operational leaders must “own” workforce planning, but few know how to do it. The course provides a step by step methodology and powerful tools that can be used throughout your organization. By becoming an expert, you can establish a strong and enduring relationship with your business partners.

Get Certified…First
The SWP certification is new and unique. It is the first systematic workforce planning certification available. You can demonstrate your commitment to be on top of this vital, emerging field, and become a respected leader in your organization.