Organizations That Practice Workforce Planning Better Prepared for Economic Recession, Reports HCI Research

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Studies Presented in Webcast With Partner HumanConcepts at Noon Today

"The study found that less than half of organizations have a workforce plan that is aligned to the business."

Human Capital Institute (HCI) unveiled the results of a proprietary study (“Creating a Better Plan: Connecting Business Strategy, Structure and Talent”) that examines the value of organizational and strategic workforce planning in the enterprise, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12 p.m. EDT, during a live webcast with study co-sponsor HumanConcepts, a Saba Company.

Earlier this year, HCI distributed a 66-item survey to more than 10,000 HCI members worldwide. A key finding: Organizations with workforce plans, strategically aligned to business plans, classified themselves as “prepared for the recession” as a direct result of planning initiatives.

HCI and HumanConcepts identified two classes of organizational planners—Strategic Planners (SPs), who recognize the value of workforce planning and proper talent fit within their ranks; and Reluctant Planners (RPs), who do not clearly define roles, are unable to staff their roles efficiently, and are generally unhappy with their level of workflow, hierarchy and company agility. The research also explored the connection between talent planning, covered by workforce planning, and business structure, a practice called organizational planning.

“Strategic workforce planning is a key element to human capital management,” said HCI CEO Carl Rhodes. “While the study found that less than half of organizations have a workforce plan that is aligned to the business, it also revealed that those that do realize increased profitability and employee engagement, among many other top-line benefits.”

During the webcast, HumanConcepts and its client, pharmaceutical company Shionogi Inc., discussed the necessity and value of workforce planning and implementation in today’s post-recession climate, as well as how strategic workforce planning provides talent executives the opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn from one another.

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Human Capital Institute is the global association for strategic talent management and new economy leadership. With 195,000 members in over 180 countries, HCI offers a new association framework that cuts across the silos of recruitment, HR/OD, finance, sales and marketing, operations, manufacturing and IT. We provide key executives, line managers and human capital professionals with the newest education, most effective tools and best practices in talent strategy, acquisition, alignment, engagement, deployment, measurement, and retention. The future belongs to leaders with innovative ideas and strategic knowledge. We invite progressive leaders to learn, share and grow their careers with HCI’s comprehensive resources, and join our high-achieving, forward-looking membership community. For more information, please visit:


HumanConcepts, a Saba Company, enables enterprises to better manage organizational change of all types, including growth, rightsizing and reorganization. Used by many of the world's largest organizations, our solutions provide immediate return on investment by enabling companies to reorganize faster, manage financial targets, stay in compliance, and reduce both cost and risk. HumanConcepts is based in Sausalito, California, with offices in the United Kingdom and Germany. For more information, visit:


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