What is workforce planning?

Workforce planning aligns the workforce with the needs and priorities of the business to meet organizational objectives. It helps organizations adapt for the future by getting the right people in the right roles at the right time to move the business forward. And the value to organizations is clear—in both immediate outcomes and future preparedness.

It takes strategic workforce planning to align your workforce to deliver on your business strategy—both now and in the future.

See how

  • Integrated strategies that align the workforce and the business

  • Risk mitigation that identifies and diffuses workforce risks much earlier

  • Data-driven decisions that are informed by enhanced forecasting and analysis

  • Streamlined processes that drive organizational efficiencies

  • Continual right-sizing so the organization anticipates and adapts to change

Strategic Workforce Planning

Why does planning for the future matter
more than ever?

In the COVID-19 crisis, organizations are finding themselves in uncharted terrain. Those that take a systematic approach to workforce recovery starting now—right-sizing, allocating budgets and understanding how to fill talent, role and skills gaps—will emerge stronger and be better positioned for success in the new normal.

  • Labor Markets are in Crisis

    COVID-19 could cost 47 million jobs in the United States this quarter alone, pushing unemployment to 32 percent

    Source: Forbes

  • The Workforce is on Edge

    The vast majority (81 percent) of US workers think COVID-19 will have a negative impact on their workplace

    Source: Gallup

  • Burnout is a Real Threat

    US workers feel less connected, less productive, and less positive about their careers due to changes in their work caused by COVID-19.

    Source: Eagle Hill Consulting

What makes our approach different?

Made-for-me approaches

Every organization is different. That’s why we co-create solutions with organizations that reflect where they are, what they need—and are flexible as they evolve.

Proven tool for speed and scale

Our Workforce Optimizer Tool models different scenarios quickly to forecast and view potential impacts to workforce capacity in real-time.

Designed for action and outcomes

Organizations need action, not theory. We make our planning outputs easy to understand so decision makers can act quickly with confidence.

Bringing it to the people

We help employees understand the process, building their capacity through training and one-on-one support and embedding the process through the organization.

Connected to culture—always

Everything we do in workforce planning is aligned with what the organization values, its culture and what it strives to achieve for the business and its people.

Case Studies

  • Health & Life Sciences

    Empowering a Biotech to Transform its Future Workforce

    At a global biotech company, hiring top talent is vital to deliver innovative treatments to patients around the world. Our end-to-end workforce planning solution helped diagnose how to build their future workforce, today.

  • Health & Life Sciences


    A global drug manufacturer with 2,200 employees was growing rapidly. Leadership’s vision for continued growth started the discussion on how the workforce could grow to meet the company’s future needs.

  • financial services


    Through a previous engagement with BEP, we had created a Human Capital Strategic Plan to drive meaningful workforce improvements. Now, BEP was ready to implement the plan.

  • financial services


    The United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) designs and produces the United States’ paper currency. Its primary mission is tangible: to print billions of notes each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve.

  • Public Service


    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created to ensure the safety of the traveling public, and nearly two million passengers are screened every day by its highly trained workforce.

Want to learn more…

about making data-driven decisions about your talent—and the future of work?