Public Review Open for New Workforce Planning Standard

Feb 2, 2012

Public Review Open for New Workforce Planning Standard

Alexandria, Va. — The public comment period for the new human resources draft standard on workforce planning is open now until March 11.

Written by a taskforce of HR professionals and experts, the standard will help employers develop and implement workforce planning, which includes determining future workforce needs and staffing demand and supply. The standard includes guidelines for workforce planning governance, process, metrics, and data that HR professionals can use to help run their organizations effectively.

The workforce planning standard is an effort to document changes in strategic workforce planning and provide a baseline foundation that can be used by any organization to start assessing and driving growth by maximizing the potential of their workforce and workforce investments,” said Russell M. Klosk, SPHR, GPHR, leader of the Workforce Planning Standard workgroup organized under the Staffing and Workforce Planning Taskforce.

In February 2009, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) designated the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as the exclusive United States developer of human resources standards. SHRM leads taskforces devoted to developing standards for performance management, diversity and inclusion, measures and metrics, staffing, compliance and regulatory, and employee and labor relations. The workplace violence prevention and intervention standard was released recently, and the cost-per-hire standard currently is in review with ANSI.

All SHRM-sponsored HR standards, including the workforce planning standards, are developed with the involvement of those who are affected by the standard, such as HR practitioners, academics, consultants and line managers from public and private firms across the country.

Individuals and organizations can submit comments or view the proposed draft standard by visiting the SHRM balloting website at The comments will be reviewed by the taskforce that developed the standard and will be incorporated where appropriate. Questions about the proposed draft standard or about how to submit comments should be directed to Lee Webster at 1-703-535-6047 or e-mail

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