To identify longer-term organisational priorities and goals, and assign responsibility for associated strategic workforce planning.

Questions to support alignment of organisational strategy with SWP priorities: 

  • How may the organisation’s work change in the future due to political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) factors? 
  • What are the key organisational business objectives for the next 2-5 years? 
  • What are the 3-4 large-scale challenges that may affect the achievement of these objectives? 
  • What are the implications of the organisational objectives for different parts of the organisation? 
  • What are the specific initiatives required to execute the organisational objectives? 
  • What is the time frame available to execute each of the initiatives? 
  • What are some of the strategic resources (e.g. talent capabilities, market understanding) the organisation has to support achievement of the initiatives? 


Possible sources of evidence: 

  • The organisation’s strategic objectives and key business drivers 
  • Relevant and validated internal data (e.g. HR and finance reports) 
  • Relevant and validated external data (e.g. Workforce Profile reports, People Matter Employee Surveys) 
  • Stakeholder consultation 


Suggested actions: 

  • Obtain a clear statement from the senior leadership team on the workforce themes that are relevant to the organisation’s strategic plan 
  • Determine the business units, programs, activities etc. that are critical to achieving the organisation’s strategic objectives 
  • Establish clear links between the organisation's needs, financial assets and workforce planning 
  • Establish clear timelines for workforce planning 
  • Encourage the organisation’s senior executives to sponsor a cross-functional team with clear roles and responsibilities who develop, implement and monitor strategic workforce planning 
  • Organise the workforce with consideration of its workforce requirements both now and in the future (e.g. how important a role is to organisational imperatives) 
  • Identify the capabilities required to achieve desired outcomes over the period 
  • Consider workforce diversity requirements