This is the final blog post in a series of blog posts and podcasts talking through the recent GovLoop Guide to Workforce Planning. Be sure to take a listen to the podcase below and view the guide. You can find more HR resources by visiting the GovLoop Guide to Workforce Planning Homepage.
Measuring outcomes of any program is important, as time and budgets are tight for government, every program should be looked at with a critical eye. Outcomes for the program should be clearly known, so proper adjustments can be made to meet the needs of the organization.
There are many ways to measure success of a program. One way is to look at all the data that you previous collected, and update the data to periodically measure against past success. Once that data is collected, an organization can look at programs and policies that impacted the data, and what the outcomes were and what needs to be modified.
This section of the guide looks at materials produced by the North Carolina Office of Personnel and provides some great information on how to assess your workforce development program. The guide states:
“Successful workforce planning is an active and continuous process. On-going evaluation and plan adjustments are the keys to continuous improvement and to achieving your targeted goals. You must continue to monitor and refine approaches to meet the demands of your workforce. North Carolina Office of Personnel identifies the following questions as great starting points for you to evaluate your workforce:
- Did the action plan accomplish what the organization needed?
- Do adequate staffing levels exist?
- Has turnover been reduced?
- Are the skills of employees being developed quickly enough to become effective?
- Are you able to recruit for the talent needed?
- Has the hiring process improved?
- Has the selection process improved?
- Do new hires possess needed competencies and skills?
- Has overall organizational performance increased?
- Are you able to appropriately plan for succession replacements for retirements?
- Are you able to successfully transfer knowledge?
- Are you able to build internal leadership capabilities?
- Are employees more engaged in their work?
- Have employee barriers and obstacles been removed?
- Have internal processes been streamlined to be more effective and timely?”
Finally, the guide concludes with a quick checklist on with some practical tips and best practices to get you started with your workforce planning initiative. Be sure to take a look at the checklist, which is a great synopsis of the guide and the content provided throughout the report.
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