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How to Avoid the 12 Deadly Traps of Workforce Strategic Planning

Workforce strategic planning is a "hot" issue for many organisations as they seek to better manage their most vital intangible asset – their people.

In this white paper, the business case is argued as to why organisations should develop a workforce strategy, including the adverse consequences in failing to do so.

The 12 deadly traps of workforce strategic planning are identified to assist both "young and experienced players" in developing a workforce strategy. Then an explanation of the reasoning behind why these traps have been identified as such is provided.

In this white paper, the business case is argued as to why organisations should develop a workforce strategy, including the adverse consequences in failing to do so. Additionally the meaning of the term "workforce strategic planning" is clarified given that some misconceptions abound.

The 12 deadly traps of workforce strategic planning are identified to assist both "young and experienced players" in developing a workforce strategy. Then an explanation of the reasoning behind why these traps have been identified as such is provided.

To avoid these traps, an AWS Skills-Based Workforce Segmentation Model, adapted from the Human Resource Management (HRM) architectural model of Lepak and Snell (1999, 2002) is presented. Finally a number of case studies that illustrate both the presence and avoidance of some of these 12 deadly traps are presented.

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