Department of Human Resources

Workforce Planning

Organizational Development ModelWorkforce Planning provides the framework for making staffing decisions based on your agency's mission, strategic plan, budgetary resources, and desired workforce competencies. Succession planning is a subset of workforce planning that focuses on critical positions, including the replacement of individuals or groups of people in the workforce. Succession planning enables management to respond to changes in personnel by ensuring that there are well-qualified people ready to assume critical positions in the shortest possible time when vacancies occur.

The Workforce Planning Office provides agencies with guidance, facilitation, and training to address needs related to workforce and succession planning, knowledge transfer and retention strategies, and managing generational differences.

Training Courses

Workforce Planning – (MDI) Introduction to Workforce Planning - Effective workforce planning is a continuous process that ensures an agency has the right number of people in the right jobs at the right time. With almost 30% of state employees eligible to retire in the next few years, agencies must think strategically about how to prepare for the potential retirement exodus. This course describes the workforce planning process and its objectives, and is designed for those who may be called on to participate in the workforce and succession planning process as well as Human Resources staff that will support it. A detailed description of the workforce planning model, tools, and techniques will be presented. Examples of specific agency workforce planning strategies, factoids, state demographics, and discussion of issues surrounding our multigenerational workforce will also be discussed.

Knowledge Transfer – (MDI) Through group discussion and activities, this course offers participants the opportunity to explore different knowledge management strategies. Participants will practice and receive practical tools to capture and transfer knowledge that can be beneficial for individuals, supervisors/managers, teams, and agencies.

Managing Generational Differences – (MDI) Generational conflict costs organizations in many ways, including lost productivity and low morale. This course is designed to educate and stimulate positive interaction among participants. It will also show you ways to dramatically reduce workplace conflict and provide managers and supervisors with strategies for effectively addressing generational differences in a positive way.