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Human Resources Planning Guide for Executives

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2. Key principles

Planning takes place at all levels: For the best results, human resources planning is integrated into business planning at all levels of an organization.

Planning is information-driven: Decisions are based on factual and timely information about current and future needs (e.g. environmental scans, employee feedback).

Planning identifies risks and challenges: Challenges and key risks to delivering on priorities are identified, and options to mitigate critical issues are outlined.

Planning is well communicated: Both the process to develop the plan and the plan itself are shared with all employees and stakeholders to foster dialogue in a manner that is transparent, open and respectful of diverse values.

Regular reporting occurs: Planning efforts and results are reported annually.

Planning efforts are measured, monitored and evaluated: Processes are established to monitor performance and progress in achieving the objectives outlined in the plan.

Planning is for the long term: Good human resources planning includes succession planning and management, which is a systematic approach to identifying, developing and retaining talent for key positions and functions in line with current and projected business objectives.

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