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What Is Succession Planning and Why Do It?

Succession planning is essentially workforce planning targeted at a defined set of key positions. It is a future-focused process for developing a pool of talented employees to fill leadership roles in an organization and is a tool for managing human resources strategically. This blog will outline how succession planning can be done using a six-step…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Workforce Development

In 2020, the switch to remote work had profound impacts on companies’ abilities to connect with their employees virtually. At FMP, our work shifted to meet the needs of our clients who were struggling to effectively deliver training to their staff. In February of this year, we surveyed 30 respondents to find out how the…

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It Started as an Internship, But It Turned into a Career

At FMP, hiring summer interns is one of our favorite parts of the year! Over the years, we have been fortunate to hire a few interns every summer. Even better, many of our summer interns have ended up landing full time positions after they have finished school. Are you interested in applying for an FMP…

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Long Term Investing During a Crisis

At FMP, we put a lot of focus on employee wellness, having both a Wellness Committee comprised of employees and a reinforcing commitment to offering benefits that focus on the whole person. With this orientation, we consider financial wellness to be a significant part of that conversation and our wellness-related programming. To that end, we…

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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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