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Getting it right - workforce planning guide

Workforce planning guide: Getting the right people and skills in the future workforce

If you are actively involved in, or leading workforce planning, this guide outlines the workforce planning approach in more detail and provides key questions to be considered at each step. It draws on international workforce planning literature and provides a number of links to New Zealand and overseas examples of workforce development plans.

The document looks at the key areas of a workforce development plan and suggests how to develop a plan that suits an organisation’s needs. It is not a prescriptive guide; no single approach or method could meet the needs of the diverse range of organisations that make up the mental health and addiction sector. It describes a seven-step approach to workforce planning that has been shown to work and aims to make planning as straightforward as possible.

The planning guide should be used alongside the Getting it right - Templates - a set of MS Word templates for workforce planning.

The workforce planning guide is part of the Getting it right series of resources.

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