Why is strategic workforce planning so important?
Employers who take time to analyze the labor market to make a plan can save money, save time, and make the most qualified decisions for talent. Strategic workforce planning is a constant process of gathering data-backed insights for evaluation, identifying talent gaps, and creating actionable plans to address those gaps. A workforce plan should be collaborative across all teams, functions, and locations of a business. And without data, these plans fail.
Workforce planning enables companies to thrive in disruption.
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1. Do you research workforce trends?
2. Do you operate from a foundation of skill profiles?
3. Do you consider diversity goals?
4. Do you track compensation data over time?
5. Do you think about the evolution of an employee?
With Lightcast data, answer these questions with confidence. Effectively build out career pathways, upskill or reskill your workforce, and gain job-specific knowledge for recruitment and retention.
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Customer Success Stories
Lightcast is helping businesses find workforce planning solutions.
assessed the competitive landscape for Data Analytics and Cybersecurity certifications to develop competitive offerings that teach in-demand skills. This allowed them to close critical supply gaps and reach new global markets.
identified rising skills and occupations across roles in eight global markets to define a career path in Payment Operations (PayOps). They addressed skills gaps and talent shortages, highlighted skill transferability, and built a foundation for their online certification program.
How can I use global data to guide my strategic workforce plan?
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Integrate Lightcast skills data into your hiring system and strategy to find and build talent.
Use actionable skills data to inform talent acquisition strategies, build learning and development programs, and respond to skills trends.
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Consider the workforce you have, and the workforce you’ll need in the future.
Companies should continuously evaluate their business strategy to achieve long-term goals in talent management. They can build a future-ready workforce by creating and following a workforce plan to acquire the skills they will need in the future, accounting for market trends and competitor actions along the way. This includes identifying skills that will be critical to future success and providing insight into whether those skills should be developed internally or hired for. As workforces evolve and vacancies arise in critical leadership positions, human resource teams need a process to fill roles quickly and effectively to minimize business disruption through succession planning. The right data enables the entire workforce planning process.
Solutions for Workforce Planning
Use Career Pathways to see the complete picture of your potential workforce and its skills. Look beyond industries and traditional promotions to identify skill overlaps and illuminate new sources of talent.
The world of work is constantly changing, make sure to keep up with the latest workforce trends. Strategic workforce planning involves all aspects of the employee lifecycle to hire, train, and retain a great team to achieve short and long term goals.
Tap into data and analytics that encompass the global playing field to see shifts and trends in global regions far faster. You’ll benefit by understanding these shifts before they materialize.
Look at internal skill profiles to see what skills you’re requiring for a role and if your competition is requiring skills you’re not, or vise versa. Based on these insights, you can set strategic objectives for acquiring what skills are most relevant for the future.
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