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Human Resources Planning Guide for Executives

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1. What is human resources planning?

Human resources planning is the process of identifying current and future human resources needs. When we talk about human resources planning, we are talking about how an organization identifies and deploys its human resources to achieve its business objectives, its mandate and high-level government priorities.

Put simply, it involves securing the right people, building a supportive work environment and developing the capacity to ensure your organization's success and a confident future for the Public Service.

Human resources planning is an important building block in continuously improving and building your organization's capacity to deliver services to Canadians. It is an essential element of integrated planning, which also involves finance, information management and technology, procurement, accommodations, communications and other components.

Organizations have differing needs. Therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach to human resources planning is not appropriate. Organizations have to take into account their particular business and human resources realities to develop an appropriate plan.

To manage human resources strategically, start by integrating human resources with business planning. Several key principles can help you tap into the advantages of a rigorous human resources plan incorporated into your organization's business objectives.

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