Creating a Strategic Workforce Plan for 2019

Talent shortages are prevalent in Wisconsin, as well as most of the rest of the country. Without a strategic and proactive workforce strategy, hitting your recruitment and retention goals will be incredibly challenging, if not downright impossible.

Luckily, crafting a strategic workforce plan for 2019 and beyond doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following the tips below, you can properly prepare for the upcoming year.

Analyze Your Current Staffing Levels

When you need to create a strong plan, understanding where you are today is essential. Begin by reviewing your current workforce and identifying areas that are understaffed today. Next, consider if any segments are overstaffed or otherwise misaligned with an optimal-sized workforce.

This process ensures that you have a full grasp of where you stand right now and will serve as a basis for any future plans.

Review Existing Workforce Trends

Once you understand where you are, you should take a moment to examine the history of your workforce, especially if your company is affected by seasonal fluctuation. Review data from the past year (or potentially more) to determine when your workforce needs change and to what degree. Note when increases and decreases typically occur, giving you the ability to craft a strategic plan that makes meeting your seasonal needs easier to manage.

Identify Future Needs

After reviewing your historical data, it’s also important to identify any future needs that may not be covered in those fluctuations. For example, do you have a project on the horizon that will require additional staff that aren’t typically needed? Do you intend to implement a new technology and need professionals with specific skills?

While you may not be able to fully anticipate your future needs, taking a moment to consider what you could require based on what you know now is helpful for strategic planning, ensuring you don’t overlook a critical recruitment period since a position isn’t part of your standard operations.

Develop an Action Plan

With all of the details above collected, you can begin to plan for your workforce management needs. If you are currently short-staffed in specific areas, craft a functional hiring plan for locating people for those roles. You should also decide whether certain employees should be assigned to other teams to optimize your workforce.

Then, create timetables that provide you with enough time to recruit for seasonal upswings and project hiring, and determine whether that hiring should be managed internally or through a reputable contingent staffing provider.

Once these steps are complete, you have a functional strategic workforce plan for 2019. Just make sure to monitor and revise your plan as necessary, as needs can always change over time.

Contact the Wisconsin Staffing Experts at Career Options

If you are interested in learning more or would like to partner with one of Wisconsin’s leading talent providers, the professionals at Career Options can help. Contact us to discuss your strategic workforce management and hiring needs today and see how our comprehensive services can make excelling in 2019 a breeze.

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