Ingredients for successful strategic workforce planning

Today and tomorrow mark the first-ever HRXLR8 Summit, taking place at the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. With four different dedicated streams towards HR transformation, strategy, analytics, and organisational development and design, the event has seen top HR leaders deep-dive into the new ways of working that are transforming our daily professional environment.

The first day of the Summit kicked off with a keynote talk by Ross Sparkman, the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning for Facebook (USA), who took the audience through a crash-course in future-proofing their organisations through strategic workforce planning.

Sparkman highlighted the four key factors that characterise successful strategic workforce planning: vision, people, processes, and technology and data.

He noted that people might be the most important piece – namely, the people driving the function.

“To have effective workforce planning, you need to have people with the right skills,” he said.

Technology and data, meanwhile, are absolutely crucial to ensuring that strategic workforce planning is scalable across the organisation.

Sparkman added that it was imperative to bring leadership on board – to create the “burning platform” that would motivate them to participate in the process, and suggested that those looking to get started with strategic workforce planning could try to begin with pilot projects. These could be as simple as scanning for trends and pain points that will affect the workforce in the near and distant future.


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