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Strategic Workforce Planning

Strategic Workforce Planning

Developing Optimized Talent Strategies for Future Growth

Ross Sparkman

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Align staff, skills and resources to meet both the short-term goals and long-term aims of your organization with this practical guide.

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About the book

Strategic Workforce Planning is a practical guide to effectively assessing, managing and preparing for current and future workforce requirements. It demystifies the often complex and seemingly technical world of strategic workforce planning to explain what it is, why it's necessary and most importantly, how to do it.

Packed full of advice and real-world examples, Strategic Workforce Planning is a playbook for workforce planning from beginning to end. It enables HR professionals to answer core business questions including how do I analyze future hiring demand? How do I assess what skills will be required in the future? How should I prioritize investments like training and development? How do I assess the supply of talent around the world? How do I identify the business drivers that impact workforce demand? It also covers the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), automation and machine learning on the global workforce and how to deal with these implications. Whether you're a start-up, small business or a large corporate, this book will show you how to align people strategy with company strategy to ensure your organization maintains its competitive advantage.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Introduction to Strategic Workforce Planning;
    • Chapter - 02: Aligning Workforce and Corporate Strategies;
    • Chapter - 03: Understanding Workforce Demand;
    • Chapter - 04: Understanding Talent Supply;
    • Chapter - 05: Workforce Segmentation;
    • Chapter - 06: Total Cost of the Workforce;
    • Chapter - 07: Skills-based Strategic Workforce Planning;
    • Chapter - 08: Strategic Workforce Planning for Location Strategy;
    • Chapter - 09: Strategic Workforce Planning for Contractors and the Contingent Workforce;
    • Chapter - 10: Workforce Analytics;
    • Chapter - 11: Creating an Effective Strategic Workforce Planning Function;
    • Chapter - 12: The Role of Change Management in Strategic Workforce Planning;
    • Chapter - 13: Strategic Workforce Planning for the Future of Work;
    • Chapter - 14: Bringing it all Together;


As the pace of business change intensifies, effective strategic workforce planning can be the difference between business success and business failure. Ross Sparkman is one of the leading authorities in the world on strategic workforce planning and this book is full of practical and stimulating advice. As such I expect Strategic Workforce Planning to become an indispensable compendium for HR and business leaders alike to help steer their ability to thrive in the digital economy
David Green, Global People Analytics Leader, IBM

Ross Sparkman has distilled the complex field of strategic workforce planning (SWP) into its essential steps, using practical frameworks and exercises that accelerate the readers' understanding of SWP. This is a must-read for both new and experienced SWP practitioners.
Peter Louch, CEO, Vemo

This book is THE definitive guide to strategic workforce planning. Brilliantly written by one of the most prominent global thought leaders in workforce planning, this is a must read for both HR and business professionals as well as anyone interested in finding out more about the practical application and science behind workforce planning and analytics.
Stavros Demetriou, Director, People Analytics at a major global consulting firm

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749482015
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd February 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x160
  • 280 pages

About the Author

Ross Sparkman is the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning for a major technology firm where his key mandate is to create workforce forecasts and to develop optimized talent strategies for future growth. Previously, Ross was the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning & Analytics at GE Aviation, the Strategic Workforce Planning Leader at Devon Energy and a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in Human Capital Strategy and Workforce Planning & Analytics

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