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Human Resources Planning Guide for Executives

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STEP 4 — Develop your plan

This step involves setting priorities for human resources to help achieve business goals and developing overall human resources management strategies to close the gaps identified in Step 3.

In this step, you will:

  • Identify the main priorities to address workforce and workplace gaps based on the relative importance of carrying out the various programs and activities and/or meeting your organization's business objectives
  • Determine key strategies to achieve the desired outcomes
  • Determine the best course of action to implement your human resources strategies by identifying activities, timelines and expected results
  • Weigh the costs and benefits of implementing the strategies
  • Implement the strategies

The human resources plan you develop must include strategies for the workplace (e.g. values and ethics; workplace well-being; diversity and employment equity; learning, training and development) and the workforce (e.g. succession planning and management, employee engagement, recruitment, retention).

Roles and responsibilities

  • Communicate the importance of integrating human resources planning with business planning to all stakeholders
  • Ensure that the organization's human resources plan clearly reflects current and future human resources needs
  • Ensure that performance agreements for managers at all levels include the responsibility for integrating human resources with business planning
  • Ensure that human resources practices are consistent with corporate policy
  • Ensure communication and implementation of the human resources plan

Questions to consider

  • Are human resources priorities and key human resources issues included in business objectives as part of your organization's Report on Plans and Priorities?
  • Have you considered budgetary factors?
  • Is the human resources plan being cascaded to organizational units?

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