Ruin to recovery
We all recognise the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon our organisations. Supply chains, both upstream and downstream were interrupted and the lockdown restricted both our employees and our customers. Operating models shifted to respond to this disruption and our ways of working were transformed quickly to enable distanced working. Some industries have seen a surge in revenues whilst others have faltered; customers have been lost and new ones found. Our organisations are very different now from what they were in January and our business plans have fundamentally changed.
Despite the unprecedented economic damage, we are now seeing green shoots; a comparison by HM Treasury of independent forecasts point to a 14.3 percent rise in GDP in the third quarter of this year . As lockdown restrictions have eased, retail sales have bounced back with July’s volumes up year-on-year . With advertised vacancies also on the rise it is clear that success lies in organisations having the right workforce for the road ahead.
Where do we start?
The challenge for many looking to create the right workforce is working out where to begin. Creating a workforce plan for organisations in the tens and hundreds of thousands is not for the fainthearted and, if maturity in workforce planning and analytics is low, may take a long time to create. Instead, we prioritise workforce planning for the areas that will generate the greatest benefit for our organisation.