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The Importance of Human Resource Planning

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  • Submitted: 26/08/2003
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GCSE People in Business

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The Importance of Human Resource Planning

The Human Resource Department of a business has responsibility for many aspects, including Recruitment & Selection, Training and Wage Bargaining, however within all organisations one of the most important tasks performed, which encompasses all of the above issues, is that of Human Resource Planning, also known as Workforce Planning or Manpower Planning. All three titles refer to the process by which a business seeks to ensure that it has 'the right people, in the right numbers, with the right skills now and in the future'.

It has been argued that Human Resource Planning is broader in its strategic perspective than the operational emphasis of Workforce or Manpower Planning, rather like the comparison drawn between a Human Resource Department and a Personnel Department, however for the purposes of this article we shall not differentiate.

Human Resource Planning is vital to the success of businesses in today's rapidly changing business environment, here are just a few of the reasons why no business can ignore the need to strategically plan their use of what is the most important and valuable resource of any business, namely its staff.

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