SOURCE: Human Capital Institute

Human Capital Institute

February 25, 2015 09:00 ET

Human Capital Institute Offers Enhanced Strategic Workforce Planning Certification Course

Organization Updates Popular Course to Include Latest Research and Best Practices, Enabling Participants to Transform Workforce Planning

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2015) -  The Human Capital Institute (HCI), the global institution for strategic talent management, today announced that it has updated its Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) Certification course to provide HR professionals with the skills they need to master the crucial workforce planning process and ensure full alignment between employees and business objectives.

Launched in 2010, HCI's groundbreaking Strategic Workforce Planning Certification course is the first of its kind and teaches HCI's innovative SWP Model -- widely regarded as the leading approach to strategic workforce planning in the talent management industry. As more organizations have undertaken efforts to improve their SWP approach in the last five years, there are several challenges and roadblocks they often encounter, from determining the right data to shape the planning process, to achieving success in a state of perpetual change.

To address these emerging challenges, HCI has revamped its SWP Certification course, helping professionals, whether experienced with workforce planning or new to the field, adopt the strategies necessary to achieve workforce optimization. The course has been augmented with brand new research and best practices from some of the most successful organizations in the world, delivered in four completely new chapters, including:

  • Understanding the Data Required for Strategic Workforce Planning: The right data -- and a system to enable access to that data -- is essential to SWP success. Through informative case studies, participants learn the importance of accessible and standardized data and how to achieve this in their organizations.
  • Using Storytelling to Promote Action and Enlist Support: HR professionals must gain business line leader support for SWP to effective, yet busy managers and executives won't always listen to HR metrics. This new section examines how to promote action and enlist support by telling executives what they need to hear.
  • Bringing Strategic Workforce Planning to Life & Practice: One of the biggest SWP fears is that all of the planning and number crunching won't help execute action plans within the realities of the business environment. Students will learn about the specific processes used by leading organizations to develop project timelines, build ideal teams and implement successfully.
  • Workforce Planning in a State of Perpetual Change: Though some would contend that the idea of SWP is unrealistic in today's volatile economy, the concept of risk mitigation through SWP is too compelling to stop trying. This new section explores how to build flexibility into the plan, prepare for multiple futures and constantly assess and reevaluate to not only create workforce plans but adjust them as necessary.

"As business demands continue to evolve and new challenges constantly emerge, the need to align the workforce with organizational objectives and priorities is more pressing than ever," said Carl Rhodes, HCI's chief executive officer. "HCI is committed to delivering timely and relevant insight for how HR professionals can adapt to changing workforce needs. To this end, we are proud to offer our newly enhanced Strategic Workforce Planning Certification course and provide participants with the information they need to optimize their workforce, mitigate risk and add more strategic value to their organization."

HCI's two-day Strategic Workforce Planning Certification course is conducted in major metropolitan areas around the U.S. and online throughout the year. Additional information about the course can be accessed at:

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