"What are some of the situations that create gaps between strategic human resource plans and effective implementation? How can HR and management narrow these gaps?"
There is a saying in the financial planning business: "Nobody plans to fail; they just fail to plan." 1 This saying is no less true of human resource planning in today's modern business organization. By definition human resource planning (HRP) is the ongoing process of systematic planning to achieve optimum use of an organization's most valuable asset - its human resources. The objective of human resource planning is to ensure the best fit between employees and jobs, while avoiding manpower shortages or surpluses.2 HRP not only finds the best fit between employees and positions, but also helps to align them with current organizational goals, plans and strategies. Organizations are up against the wall in these turbulent economic times and in order to not only profit but to survive they need to have a clear cut business strategy and plan in place to understand, train, support and motivate their workforce.
The ideas of human resource management and human resource planning are relatively new in the business world. At times the whole concept can seem unattainable for organizations, especially those of whom are struggling financially. It is a concept that many if not the majority of organizations have not bought into, and because of this we see a large number of businesses struggling to find workers that fit their needs, or are losing employees to more progressive companies that have taken the leap of faith and have started to plan and manage their human resources. Organizations that have adopted HRM/HRP still struggle to see the effectiveness of taking on such an initiative. The purpose of this paper is to examine...