Workforce Planning

When planning for your workforce, recruiting, developing, and retaining people should be considered together. But most workforce planning is done either in spreadsheets or silos and not aligned to the business. With Anaplan, comprehensively plan your workforce for the current and future needs of the business.


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HRWorkforce Planning
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Why Anaplan for Workforce Planning?

Workforce planning informs decisions about recruiting, developing, deploying, and retaining people. These aspects must be considered together to increase the ROI on your workforce investments and ensure that you have the right people to meet your business goals.
Imagine if you could “white board” alternative scenarios with your business partners. With Anaplan, easily model in “what-if” changes in location, salaries, and reporting structures, and see changes ripple through to view financial and organizational impact in real time.
Prioritize people positions and collaborate on retention plans to streamline and accelerate the decision-making process. With workforce analytics, reveal the metrics and trends that matter most when assessing your workforce talent: performance ratings, capacity for growth, and retention risk.
Compare actuals to forecast and act quickly to adjust for actual or projected pipeline gaps. Visualize your talent analytics for recruiting trends and course correct to meet your objectives.


What's new
Business alignment
  • Start with a blueprint for your workforce planning processes, modeled after best practices that you can easily modify to meet your specific process flows and drivers
  • Use a library of KPIs or build your own, surfacing workforce analytics to test and identify the right drivers for predicting your workforce needs
  • Govern the workforce planning process with policies, budget versioning, role-based access control, and built-in audit trails
  • In-line dashboard text comments aid in collaboration since everyone with access sees changes made in real time
  • Excel®, Word®, and PowerPoint® add-ins make reporting seamless and dynamic
Top-down/bottom-up workforce planning process flows
  • An approval-based, bottom-up planning process flow to inform and adapt your top-down workforce plan
  • Unlimited driver-based “what-if” scenarios to model, for example, resource capacity plans, the impact of headcount changes, organizational changes, any compensation or incentive changes, by department, skill set, experience, or other drivers. See the results ripple upstream and downstream in real time
  • Workforce analytics surfaced in the context of your bottom-up plan, considering metrics such as performance ratings, capacity for growth, and retention risk
  • Flexible configuration capabilities mean you do not need to model your processes to the software, but instead configure the software to your processes
  • Easy-to-use, Excel-like formula builder to configure workforce policy rules using familiar Excel formulas and syntax
  • Built on one common planning platform: feed in data from your HR, Finance, and other line of business transactional systems or third-party sources automatically to surface the workforce data you need in the context of your planning processes. Use a range of integration tools, from flat file import/export to pre-built connectors, or use our APIs for custom integrations
  • Built-in dashboards for reporting and analytics visualization (charts, graphs, maps, etc.).
  • Integration with Microsoft Office Excel®, Word®, and PowerPoint® to provide productivity and efficiency in reporting
Headcount, capacity, and compensation planning
  • Dashboards for modeling headcount and capacity plans by department, location, and team against growth projections, role ramp-up time, team roles, and skills mix, as well as other workforce analytics drivers
  • Import current workforce skills and experience profiles, education, and certification at the individual and team level to identify gaps for capacity planning against future workforce requirements
  • Integration with transactional and third-party systems to model salary, benefit, and equity packages by role and compare against third-party benchmarking data, optimizing your recruiting and retention efforts
Development and deploying planning
  • Dashboards for “what-if” planning and tracking the impact of new learning management initiatives, succession planning programs, and organizational changes by department, skills, and experience mix
  • Space requirement modules by department and team against facility capacity for footprint planning
  • Heat maps for identifying star performers on metrics such as performance ratings, capacity for growth, and retention risk
  • Easy-to-use organizational hierarchy management functionality to model organizational changes and see the changes reflected in both historical and forward-looking data
Retention and talent planning
  • Dashboards for “what-if” planning and tracking the impact of new learning management initiatives, succession planning programs, and organizational changes by department, skills, and experience mix
  • Space requirement modules that surface workforce analytics by location, department, and team to model against facility capacities for footprint planning
  • Heat maps for identifying hot spots on such metrics as performance ratings, capacity for growth, and retention risk

What's new

January 28th, 2016
  • Top-down vs. bottom-up planning by domain
  • Headcount planning and payroll analysis, with scenario planning capability around top-down budget allocations
  • Bottom-up headcount planning by requisition and role. Collaborative budget variance analysis and planning based on "what-if" drivers
  • Collaborative three-tier approval process for new headcount requisitions
  • Recruiter analysis and candidate tracking

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