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Human Resources Planning Guide for Executives

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7. Planning cycle

This approach guides you through the four phases of aligning your organization's human resources planning with its business objectives (see below) so that adequate resources, both human and financial, are available for program and service delivery. Timeframes are suggested for each of the four phases; they can be adapted to your organization's planning cycle.

The figure shown below illustrates how the four phases of the planning cycle relate to the five steps of the human resources planning process described in this guide.

Based on a three-year planning cycle, the phases described below would be completed in the first year. In the second year, the focus is on implementing and monitoring the human resources plan, and the third year involves activities such as reporting on the previous fiscal year, implementing the second-year plan and preparing to begin a new planning cycle.

Figure 3: Planning Cycle

Figure 3: Overview of human resources planning process and the planning cycle

Figure 3: Planning Cycle – Text version

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