Saturday, November 3, 2012

An idea for an org structure

First, I doubt this idea is new (so little really is).  I'm doing this as a way of floating out my thoughts on the subject and with some hope of hearing others' thoughts on how to help build and refine the concept.

Organizations struggle with workforce planning and development even though having the 'right people in the right place at the right time' (doing the right things for the right price) is a critical, perhaps the critical, requirement for a successful organization.  I've been trying to understand why and some potential solutions for the problem.  At its core workforce planning can be generally seen as setting goals for what people are needed to support the business and what time they'll be needed then executing strategies, tactics and logistics to make it happen.  Doing it right promotes smooth succession, reduced labor rates, stronger internal cohesion and a myriad other wonderful sounding benefits.  So where is the breakdown?