Workforce Planning definition

Workforce planning refers to the process of ensuring an organisation has current and future access to the human capital it needs to perform effectively. Workplace planning involves identifying current and future personnel needs and exploring the most appropriate and cost-effective methods to recruit and retain these individuals. There is also an element of continual analysis of workforce effectiveness and implementing the necessary measures, such as learning and development initiatives, to ensure the workforce remains efficient.

Strategic workforce planning is workforce planning that is aligned to the organisation’s overall business objectives and the long-term vision. In this regard strategic workforce planning may place importance on succession planning as a measure to ensure the necessary skills and knowledge are always present in senior members of staff.