Strategic Workforce Planning - ignore at your peril!

Strategic Workforce Planning - ignore at your peril!
Published: 22 August 2017

If Strategic Workforce Planning - or 'SWP' - isn't on your corporate radar, then it certainly should be. Why?

Because SWP is an increasingly important practice amongst Human Resource and Talent Acquisition professionals, and an increasingly critical one for businesses to adopt overall.  

For two similar organisations with similar product portfolios in similar locations, effective SWP could be the key differentiator in gaining competitive advantage over its rival. Aligning people strategy more closely with overall business strategy allows both greater speed to market and more agile adoption of change agendas, not least because the lead time to resource critical projects is decreased.

Almost all of the Chief Executives involved in this years’ Odgers Berndtson ‘CEO for a day’ initiative cited the most pressing challenge facing them was the pace of ‘perpetual change’ impacting their organisations. Many of the CEO’s also highlighted continuing access to talent and the importance of attracting, developing and retaining good people as an area of focus. 

This is likely to be more achievable through effective strategic workforce planning, and links directly to the importance of better collaboration between the Main or Executive board and their senior HR stakeholders.

At the time of writing, a major piece of international SWP research is being carried out by Berwick Talent Solutions* which aims to provide significant insight into the maturity of SWP amongst global organisations, identify trends and understand the barriers and obstacles to effective adoption. 

We are seeking input from HR professionals on what impact the many and varied issues faced by businesses today (diversity and inclusion, Brexit, the millennial wish list and the emergence of AI amongst others) have on their ability to embed SWP effectively.

We want to hear from businesses that have compelling cases for SWP – where it has given them a clear competitive advantage – and from those who feel their businesses have suffered through a lack of effective SWP.

To participate in the survey please contact: 

Kate Parker - Head of Berwick Talent Solutions -

Or go directly to the survey online

The survey will close at the end of November 2017 

*Berwick Talent Solutions delivers project and volume recruitment campaigns for mid-senior management level and specialist roles, and critical talent intelligence via its market mapping and pipelining projects.  

Their projects are driven by business growth, change or transition. Often, but not exclusively, by factors such as expansion, M&A, relocation, a new site opening or a new product launch. 

They operate across the commercial, not for profit and public sectors and mirror the Berwick Partners and Odgers Berndtson functional and sector specialisms.  

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