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Planning the future workforce today

The workforce planning process at a glance

Crystal balls won’t show you. Thinking won’t make it so. It takes strategic workforce planning to align your workforce to deliver on your business strategy—both now and in the future. Our strategy-led, data-powered process starts broadly and cascades through the organization.

Organizational strategy

It all starts with zeroing in on the organizational strategy—everything else flows from there.
Ask and answer
  • What is your organization’s vision for the future?
  • What are your current and future strategic goals and priorities?
  • How does your organization measure success?


Talent strategy

Alignment between organizational and talent strategies is at the heart of every effective plan.
Ask and answer
  • Is your workforce prepared to deliver your organization’s strategy?
  • What new skills does the workforce need to deliver the strategy?
  • What are your current and future talent strategies to support the business?



Knowing what’s needed tomorrow means knowing the future of work for every function.
Ask and answer
  • Based on the strategy, what are the future requirements for each function?
  • What workload do you anticipate for each function?
  • What are your priority functions to deliver your strategy?



The best way to pinpoint gaps and meet future workforce goals is at the role level.
Ask and answer
  • How are roles within each function impacted by your future requirements?
  • What gaps exist between today’s roles and tomorrow’s roles?
  • What are your critical, core, and supporting roles?



Having the right people with the right skills at the right time is essential to deliver on the strategy.
Ask and answer
  • What are your people and skills gaps within each role—what is the reskilling need?
  • Which people can fill your skills gaps—how will you buy, build or borrow talent?
  • Who are your “high performers” and “high potentials”?