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									Workforce planning


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Workforce planning
Workforce planning involves assessing the
  current and future labour needs of an
  organisation to get the...
     >right number of workers
           >with the right skills
                >in the right place
                      >at the right time
to help it meet its aims and objectives.


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Stages in workforce planning
 Audit the current workforce
 Analyse the future workforce in terms of
  both demand and supply of labour
 Identify any gaps
 Implement strategies to eliminate the
  gaps




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Assessing the current workforce

Human resource data can be analysed to
  find out:
 How many employees work in each area
  of the business
 The skills and abilities of current staff
 The tasks and roles workers carry out




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Analysing future workforce needs
Supply of labour   How many of the current workforce are likely
                   to retire or leave for other reasons? Will the
                   current workforce have the right skills?
Demand for         How many staff will be needed in different
labour             areas of the firm & what skills will they need?
Organisational     Does the business intend to grow? Is it
objectives         considering moving operations elsewhere?
Forecast demand    Is the demand for each of the goods and
for products       services offered likely increase or decline?
The external       Are more competitors due to enter the market?
business           At what stage in the business cycle are we?
environment
Changes in         Is new technology going to be introduced
technology         which may reduce the need for some workers?



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Strategies for addressing
workforce needs
Workforce analysis may indicate that the
  organisation should:
 Increase the workforce through the
  recruitment of additional workers
 Reduce the workforce through natural
  wastage, redundancies or restructuring
  such as delayering
 Develop the skills and abilities of the
  current workforce

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Workforce activities
   Recruitment & selection
    ◦   Draw up job description & person specification
    ◦   Advertise the post
    ◦   Use appropriate selection methods
    ◦   Appoint and carry out induction training
   Training and development
    ◦ Identify individual training needs
    ◦ Implement on or off-the-job training
    ◦ Use appraisal systems to ensure continuous
      development of employees


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Workforce planning in context




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Workforce planning at British Gas

Use the case study to identify the different
 factors that influence workforce planning
 at British Gas.




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Attracting quality employees
British Gas uses a number of methods to
 attract its socially inclusive engineering
 workforce. Use the case study to find
 examples.




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Selection at British Gas
If applicants are successful, they will take
  part in British Gas’ half day assessment
  centre. What are the three elements they
  will take part in?




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Training at British Gas
To meet its training requirements, British
 Gas has several training routes. Use the
 case study to find what these are.




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Useful resources
 Workforce planning lesson suggestions
  and activities (The Times 100)
 British Gas case study (The Times 100)
 British Gas website




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