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Workforce planning

"Workforce planning is about having the right talent with the right skills, at the right time and cost, to support the organization’s strategy.  Workforce planning is a strategic response to changes in workforce demographics, business models and economic conditions – and in today’s environment, it’s more important than ever.”

                                                                                                            Watson Wyatt                

Workforce Planning at McGill has evolved substantially since we first rolled out the “1-for-2” program on May 1, 2012.  Fortunately, the principles guiding us in WFP, and the tools that ground sound planning, decision making, and H.R. development remain foundational.  Over the course of the last year and a half, we have continued to build on these tools and to share best practices - guided by our experts and community input on what works best here at McGill.

Long before we introduced the language of “Workforce Planning”, we were addressing critical themes such as:  Career Development/Talent Management, Succession Planning, Preserving Organizational Memory through proper documentation and cross-training, Process Improvement, etc.  As our workforce aged, the need to prepare for retirements, and for our future talent became very pressing.

Today, all of your proactive efforts in these areas are clearly paying off.  They are supporting us as we face the voluntary retirement of several hundred employees, a hiring freeze, a freeze on rematches, etc.   Needless to say, the “1-for-2” is no longer in place as more stringent measures have taken its place.  More importantly, we continue to encourage a proactive approach to unit and employee development that takes tries to anticipate changing needs in the environment.  The tools on this site, and the workshops available through Organizational Development, directly support you in these vital undertakings.

To understand the approach we are adopting with developmental aspects of Workforce Planning, please refer to “Our Approach to Workforce Planning” and “Our Assumptions”.   Whether you are responsible for leading change initiatives, or feel that “change is happening to you”,  see “Tips for Employees in Times of Change”. 

 For any questions you may have, you can communicate with one of the Organizational Development contacts listed on this website. 

We do hope to receive feedback from many of you and to continue to update the information with your valuable input.