In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, robust planning has become critically important to organisations who want to succeed. Longer-term trends around the skills-gap, an ageing workforce and the continuing rise of populism are coupled with more recent challenges like declining confidence in global economic growth, a slowdown in Chinese investment and, of course, Brexit. Employees typically comprise 60-80% of a company’s budget and up to 90% of its value, so workforce planning in a VUCA world has become a pressing concern for many organisations. Done effectively, workforce planning drives the execution of the business strategy, mitigates risks and creates operational efficiencies, a priority for 77% of CEOs in 2019¹.
The challenge in recent years is that the traditional approach to Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) has struggled to adapt to the real world, and only 8% of senior HR leaders are getting suitable RoI from current SWP.
Workforce Planning needs reinventing to be fit for purpose in the real world! During the masterclass Adam will introduce Agile Workforce Planning as the next evolution in thinking; a step change from a linear process that results in a plan, to a cyclical methodology that results in better business outcomes.
Adam Gibson is a global leader in Workforce Planning, creator of the Agile Workforce Planning methodology and a popular keynote speaker. Having successfully implemented and transformed workforce planning and people analytics in businesses across both the public and private sector, he advises company executives in creating a sustainable workforce that increases productivity and reduces cost. He is the Group Director of Strategic Workforce Planning at Capita, a multinational company of 70,000 staff; he is at the forefront of efforts to simplify and strengthen the business in addition to leading their Advisory capability on Workforce Planning. In recent years he has held senior workforce planning roles at the Metropolitan Police and PwC.