Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning

Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning

Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning

Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning

Synopsis

Co-published with SHRM.


Many organizations understand the benefits of a longer-term approach to staffing: reduced turnover and hiring costs, improved efficiency and morale, and ultimately greater profits. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to strategic staffing are often more effective on paper than in the workplace.


Strategic Staffing: Second Edition shows how toidentify staffing needs and opportunities through qualitative and quantitative measures, and presents several effective, nontraditional approaches to strategic staffing. Bechet includes factors as diverse as promotions, retirements, "decruiting" (the active management of staff out of an organization), termination, and even retention. Featuring full case studies and dozens of examples, the book is both enlightening and practical. And to help readers create their own staffing plans, the CD-ROM is a trove of invaluable tools, including:


• PowerPoint(TM) slide presentations
• Customizable Excel(TM) spreadsheets
• Assessment and evaluation forms
• Calculations and analyses
• Sample staffing plans, and much more.


Integrating a strategic approach to staffing can result in reduced turnover and hiring costs, improved efficiency and morale, and ultimately greater profits. This book is a detailed, process-oriented guide that offers all the tools staffing professionals need.

Excerpt

Most organizations understand the benefits that a longer-term approach to staff planning can bring. Many actually attempt to develop staffing strategies (or strategic workforce plans, as they are also known). Unfortunately, these companies often find that the traditional approaches to strategic staffing and workforce planning that they are trying to implement are ineffective, and that the expected benefits are not realized. To me, the solution to this problem lies not in trying to improve the effectiveness of the traditional approach, but in implementing a completely different kind of process for strategic staffing/workforce planning.

This book describes that process. It is a practical resource for both those who are just starting to implement strategic staffing and those who are searching for ways to make their current practices more effective. It can be followed step by step to initiate a strategic staffing process or used as a sourcebook that is referred to periodically to maintain or improve the effectiveness of a process that is already in place. It contains process descriptions, hints, tools, examples, and other practical advice. I’ve included only those approaches and techniques that have proved to be the most valued by clients and other practitioners.

Many of the ideas presented here were new when the first edition of this book was published in 2002. Five years later, those ideas are a bit better known to some, but most of them would still be new to many organizations. As I worked to update the text, I found that the basic direction and content of the process I suggest is as relevant now as it was then. However, my experience in the meantime has allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of strategic staffing/workforce planning and what the effective implementation of the process really entails. Consequently, I have significantly updated and edited every single chapter of the original manuscript. I have also included a wealth of new information, supplementing the existing material and providing eight entirely new chapters addressing issues and applications that were not covered at all in the first edition.

Some of my suggestions may still seem unorthodox at first, but based on my more than 25 years of consulting in this area, I know that they really work. Some of what I propose may challenge your understanding . . .

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