The reality of operating any organisation is that over time the expectations and demands of the on it do change. For most organisations, the biggest expense and the main source of production of products and services is its people.
Most organisations don't take the time to think about the future, as they are very busy dealing with the day to day operations. So, when changes to the products and/or services that they provide are required, they often need to react urgently. In these circumstances, better practice people management practices can be disregarded in favour of reactive and often counter-productive measures that might appear to fix the short term (often budget reduction based) needs, but have much more longer lasting negative impacts for the business as it seeks to 'level off' and continue to operate into the future.
The APSC in its 2011 document 'APS Workforce Planning Guide' [ APS Workforce Planning Guide - Implementation and monitoring, evaluation, review and adjustment www.apsc.gov.au ] reinforces the continuous review and improvement associated with proactive workforce planning. At page 10 of the Guide they state:
Our assistance might include consideration of the current or proposed internal audit program, reviewing the existing internal controls or dealing with an emerging an organisational-wide issue, we often begin an assignment with our clients by helping them to answer some key questions, such as:
Monitoring, evaluating, reviewing and adjusting (as necessary) apply after your workforce plan is completed, approved and implemented. Some key elements you will need to undertake include:
The extensive senior experience within our consulting team, together with our practical and industrially aware approach to addressing HR matters, means that we can deliver workforce adjustment outcomes that minimise risk, maximise process efficiency and timing, demonstrate respect for those employees involved, work from a solid and understandable rationale and deliver the requisite outcomes for the organisation. With trained and qualified team of consultants working across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, we can help you scale your business to the emerging needs no matter your business location and size.