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Use the PlanScan for a quick upgrade of your workforce planning

Workforce planning is a critical operational process. This is because there is a close relationship between capacity planning, quality standards, and operating results. Déhora has therefore developed a special tool that can measure the quality of your planning process: the PlanScan®.

You will even see an improvement in your workforce planning while the scan is being carried out. And after the whole process has been completed, you will have a solid foundation for the implementation of structural improvements in your workforce planning, and thus in your other primary processes as well.

The PlanScan® covers the entire planning cycle: from targets to realisation. By involving all factors and actors in the process, and by objectively assessing the suitability of policy parameters, the planning capacity, the result-orientation, and the agility of an organisation, the PlanScan® will quickly result in both short-term and long-term improvements. With the guidance of the expert consultants of Déhora, the quick wins can be implemented even while the scan is still being carried out. After the PlanScan® has been completed, you will have a concrete action plan for the long-term improvement of your workforce planning.

The PlanScan is based on our proven track record

The PlanScan® is the result of our proven track record and our many years of experience in the field of workforce planning. The scan is carried out based on the planning process model. This model takes into account your planning method, the organisation of your planning, and the output of your planning. The model is designed to identify areas with improvement potential in order to ensure continuous improvement.

Different levels of the workforce planning

The PlanScan® makes a distinction between the different levels of workforce planning:

1 The planning process starts with the alignment of the supply of – and demand for capacity. A draft roster is then drawn up on the basis of the concrete staffing requirements.

2 The definitive roster is finalised in the operational phase.

3 The operational roster is then assessed in the evaluation phase. The critical success factor in this phase is whether or not the planning objectives have been achieved.

4 Finally, based on the evaluation, the workforce planning will then be optimised and if necessary new objectives can be formulated.

Involvement of the employees

By involving your employees in the process right from the start, a lot of qualitative information can be gathered early on. Based on interview sessions and panel meetings, and through consultation with a working group set up to guide the process, a review is carried out afterwards to determine whether or not the stages of the process model have been completed in the right way. The employees will also be asked how they think the planning process can be improved further. Involving the employees at an early stage will also increase the level of support for the changes that are subsequently made.