Your workforce strategies and practices may be elaborate, expensive, and hauntingly beautiful. For many organisations, they are guided by the "spirits" of best practice, case studies, and history. But it pays to remember, it's the employees, not the spirits, who have to live in the house that HR builds.
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The field is often referred to as “workforce planning and analytics”, but in fact, workforce planning and workforce analytics are two distinct, but related, fields. Often ‘workforce planning and analytics’ is the term applied to an approach that is analytics alone. While it’s true that analytics are critical to generating the insights for a strategic workforce plan, it is only one of several integrated steps that also includes ‘futuring’, environment scanning, and, most importantly, integration to business strategy.