Hershey Company Strategic Management

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HR Planning and Staffing: How are they connected? We hear the statement: “HR Planning is the foundation of staffing under the new PSEA”. But what does this mean and how do we make it happen? Background HR planning is a generic term that can have many different meanings. For the purposes of this discussion, we mean the following: HR planning is a process that identifies current and future human resources needs for an organization to achieve its goals. It means forecasting an organization’s future demand and supply for employees, based on its business needs; and subsequently developing and employing the strategies required to meet these needs. It involves a gap analysis between current HR supply and future demand. Strategies are then…show more content…
Moreover, HRP has not been valued. This has resulted in lack of capacity and skilled practitioners, no sustained leadership to the HRP community, and, of course, a continuing reliance on ad hoc and reactive approaches to HR management generally. Even when some good HRP activities have been undertaken, e.g. demographics studies on EX turnover or recruitment needs, there has not been sustained action to develop and implement strategies to address the identified issues. The scene is not entirely bleak, of course. Some organizations do HRP as a matter of course – Statistics Canada and Environment Canada are good examples; others are beginning to make in-roads. More recently, the attention from the Clerk of the Privy Council and the efforts by the HRP Working Group, established jointly by the HR Council and the DM Sub-Committee on Staffing and Staffing Recourse, are beginning to show some results. Finally, the continuing message that HRP is a foundation for the new staffing regime, is beginning to catch peoples’ attention and there is increasing interest in learning more about HRP and having tools and models to assist in its implementation. Quality HR planning across the Public Service will not occur overnight. It will take several years of concerted effort, rebuilding capacity, trial and error, etc. before we have a rigourous process consistently applied across organizations. But efforts can and

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