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How to Not ‘Spook’ Employees with Workforce Planning

A storm brewed outside. The wind wailed, rain rattled, and lightning flashed and cut the power. It was Halloween night, and sounds from the storm conjured up images of spooky things that may be lurking… Like physical darkness, the darkness of “not knowing” can be spooky, too. People tend to be wary of change, especially…

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Prioritizing Workforce Planning in the Private Sector: A Look at Large and Small Companies

This month we’ve been talking about all things workforce planning – from what it is to how organizations in the federal sector leverage it to inform future needs. Wanting to learn more about workforce planning in the private sector, we turned to Bob Turner, FMP’s newest Senior Business Advisor. Bob brings with him over 20…

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How Many People Do We Really Need?

A strategic workforce planning model can help organizations not only answer this elusive question, but also help them get the staff they really need. However, there are numerous misconceptions about workforce planning models – what they are, how to use them, what the numbers really mean, etc. Therefore, understanding what these tools are not is…

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Take it From the Experts – Workforce Planning Best Practices

This month we’re focusing on the truism ‘yesterday is history, but tomorrow (doesn’t have to be) a mystery’ and since those words of wisdom are borrowed lyrics from Justin Timberlake, we thought it might be a good idea to get some words of wisdom on this topic from our own celebritiesworkforce planning subject matter experts….

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A Quick Intro to Workforce Planning

Workforce planning is a systematic process to align an organization’s future workforce to strategic priorities by anticipating and identifying work requirements, to include both the numbers and types of employees and skills the future work will require. Organizations typically plan workforce needs 3-5 years in the future and develop action plans to mitigate identified gaps….

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Design for All: Building Easy-to-Use Tools and Applications for Everyone

Last month on this blog, the FMP team focused on the change management process and how being strategic during change has significant benefits to organizations. Often the IT work we do at FMP has a significant change management component – we are either modifying a tool, creating a new tool, or creating dashboards to inform…

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HRIT Assessments: Untangling a Complex Web

This month we’re focusing on information sharing and technology solutions and in this blog, we’ll take a closer look at a popular initiative taking place across the Federal Government: Human Resources Information Technology (HRIT) Assessments. Many agencies find themselves at an important crossroads when it comes to their HRIT solutions. Over the past nearly 15 years,…

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Following up on FEVS: Saving Time and Money while Facilitating Decision-Making through Dashboards

Last April, we introduced and explored a number of Federal Employee Viewpoint (FEVS)-related topics, including Preparing for the Survey, Navigating Results, and Action Planning. As we begin a month’s worth of posts focusing on reporting and dissemination of information, we wanted to revisit FEVS from a new perspective. Anyone who has worked on a survey…

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Planning-Even the Best Made Plans Sometimes Get Shutdown

This month we have been featuring a series of articles that discuss the value of being strategic in your planning and goal setting processes and the many benefits you’ll reap (as an individual and as an organization) from investing that time and effort. That said, sometimes the best laid plans can’t prevent or predict every…

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Good Goals to Get You There

We’ve been talking about organizational resolutions and how helpful they can be to implement small changes to large effect. By now, we have also all identified our personal New Year’s resolutions. Get healthy, be more connected with our friends, advance at work. We know what we want, but what are we doing to get there?…

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