SWP Step 6: Implementation

Implementation is the execution of the strategic action plan, an iterative, ongoing and adaptable plan that's reviewed and updated regularly.

Your strategic workforce planning program doesn't end after step six. Implementation is an iterative process that regularly reviews the plan to ensure it's being implemented effectively. The plan’s progress is evaluated against agreed action plans, and stakeholders will continue to be involved.

As business needs change, the workforce planning strategy does as well. Regular reviews will enable you to identify progress, areas for improvement, and any necessary adjustments to address potential workforce issues, then adapt where needed.

The implementation plan

Compile the implementation plan by following these steps:

  1. Collate all cohorts reviewed so far in a single place
  2. Include the high-level approach from the Strategy Development Matrix
  3. Document outcomes for each element of the Strategy Development Matrix in each cohort
  4. Align each outcome a RACI
  5. Work with each of the owners of the various elements to normalise, prioritise and build out a timeline for each piece of the action plan
  6. Assign metrics that can be used to measure progress

The change management plan

Develop a change management plan aligned to four steps that embrace the seven universally recognised questions that underpin change management.

  • goals
  • communication
  • resistance management
  • training

Measure and review

The effectiveness of the implementation process, and the entire SWP process, relies on accurate and efficient measurement of the program's actions and outcomes. Measures must be:

  • adaptable
  • iterative
  • achievable
  • aligned to a consistent cadence
  • aligned to the employee lifecycle

All steps:

An introduction to strategic workforce planning

Step 1 - Mobilise

Step 2 - Internal Environmental Scan

Step 3 & 4 - Supply & Demand, Gap Analysis

Step 5 - Strategy Development

Step 6 - Implementation