Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

  • Data-driven Decisions to Support Workforce: Effective workforce planning relies on accurate and accessible human resources (HR) data, captured at every step of the Talent lifecycle. To increase the effectiveness of workforce planning, Government leaders from all parts of the organization need to be involved in the capture and analysis of workforce data, including Finance, HR, Training and Development, Recruiting and Onboarding, etc. The use of analytics in solving workforce challenges requires that organizations develop plans for effective data collection and data interpretation

Workforce planning is only getting more complicated for the Federal Government. Investing in strategic workforce planning, enhanced data analysis capabilities, and forward-looking training and development can help engage and retain the highest performers and deliver mission results.

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Federal agencies have been undergoing significant transformation, requiring effective workforce strategies that can assist them in facing increasing challenges. As government leaders look for and implement initiatives to improve performance, Strategic Workforce Planning, (SWP) has become instrumental in assisting organizations to focus on their most important resource: their people.

Today’s Federal workforce is highly skilled and dedicated – but how does an organization make sure that each employee has the correct skillset to meet the demands of not just today, but also the future? And, how can the Government better engage and retain their highest performers?

We explore the following workforce trends as we advise our clients:

  • An Aging Workforce:  According to the Office of Personnel Management, (OPM), just 17 percent of federal workers are under the age of 35, indicating a gap in succession planning. As skilled workers begin to retire, government leaders need to implement workforce strategies to attract talent, focusing recruitment efforts towards the college-aged population, and developing a workforce culture that is attractive to a young demographic
  • Training and Development Investments: With the impending skills shortage due to Federal employee retirements, agencies need comprehensive training strategies to keep workforce skills current. Without adequate and effective training, government organizations face significant challenges in meeting mission priorities. Government leaders need advice in developing targeted training and development programs, and in managing training budgets under budgetary constraints. Spend less, learn more.

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Despina Panagoulias |

Despina Panagoulias, a Manager at Arc Aspicio, has 20 years of experience in designing and implementing strategic solutions for private industry and federal clients. She presently supports the development of Human Capital strategy for homeland security clients.

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