<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Develop A Strategic Plan For A Small Company

October 14, 2001

Dear Workforce:

How do I prepare a strategic plan for the group human resources department ofa group employing about 500 people, most of whom are involved in the field ofservices?

-- Scratching my head in Malta, Group HR manager, services company, MriehelIndustrial Estate, Malta.

A Dear Malta:

A strategic plan for a small organization requires the same care and thoughtas any other HR effort. The components of the plan should be as follows:

  • Mission statement for the function. Focus on the needs of the customer,not your strengths.

  • Environmental scan. Focus on the business case of the organization,markets, capital, products, R&D, and implications for HR

  • SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) Analysis.Critical review of the programs, processes, technology, and capabilities of theHR function -- a gap analysis, in other words.

  • Determination of budget.

  • Identification of strategic intent for the year. What are the majorefforts that will be undertaken by HR. State them in measurable terms.

  • Migration strategy. What is the timeline, and what is each person'sresponsibility?

SOURCE: Tom Casey, principal, organizational effectiveness practice, UnifiNetworks, a subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston, Massachusetts., May15, 2001

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