Strategic Workforce Planning - In-Person Training

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    Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are seeing the need to react quickly, think strategically, and focus intentionally on their staffing and overall structure.  Senior Executives, HR professionals and frontline leaders alike recognize the importance of seeing trends, building plans and staying ahead of the competition when it comes to attracting, developing and retaining the best talent possible.  With labor markets continuing to tighten and macro-demographic trends not providing any relief, the need to face these challenges head on has never been more apparent.

    This hands-on workshop will provide the tools and resources necessary for participants to create a strategic workforce plan that addresses both current challenges and future needs.  This program will help participants better understand the demographic realities their organizations are up against, the essential elements of an effective process, and how to ensure broad organizational and stakeholder support.  Participants will learn scalable and repeatable models and tools that can be applied immediately and will develop a plan for implementing a formal Strategic Workforce Planning process in their individual context.  As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be uniquely positioned to help their leaders, teams and organizations address current challenges and prepare for future success.

    Strategic Workforce Planning Program Outline


    The goal of this session is to understand the demographic realities that currently exist and how they are impacting participant organizations specifically.  As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

    • Define Strategic Workforce Planning
    • Articulate the specific external demographic realities impacting their organization currently and future trends they need to consider
    • Identify the specific internal people-related trends impacting their current and future success
    • Develop a draft business case for addressing these challenges through effective workforce planning
    • Create a draft stakeholder communications and alignment plan specific to their organization
    • Articulate the five essential elements of an effective Strategic Workforce Planning process


    The goal of this session is to learn from the experiences of other organizations in developing a Strategic Workforce Planning approach.  As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

    • Articulate the five essential elements of an effective Strategic Workforce Planning process
    • Relate case study insights to their context and to their draft business case
    • Identify key organizational characteristics of effective, and non-effective, Strategic Workforce Planningapproaches
    • Identify key leadership characteristics of effective, and non-effective, Strategic Workforce Planningapproaches
    • Augment their business case (developed in Session 1) with qualitative and quantitative data from other organizations' experiences 


    The goal of this session is to work through the Essential Elements of an effective Strategic Workforce Plan and create a draft approach for participant’s organizations.  As a result of attending, participants will draft an approach their organization and/or team can use to…

    • Stay up to date on current staffing consideration, challenges, and trends in order to optimize their workforce plan in real-time
    • Ensure strategic planning includes workforce considerations that holistically address future needs
    • Leverage data analytics in a context-specific manner to help make informed, and strategic, decisions
    • Include innovative thinking that addresses unique opportunities throughout the full employee lifecycle
    • Drive a high-performance, high-engagement organization that attracts and retains the best employees


    The goal of this session is to understand and leverage the key leadership characteristics that support an effective Strategic Workforce Planning approach.  As a result of attending, participants will be able to…

    • Articulate the characteristics of effective collaboration at the strategic level
    • Identify key stakeholders to include in the Strategic Workforce Planning process in their organization
    • Define a regular process for Strategic Workforce Planning that is embedded in the organization's strategic and operational cadence
    • Leverage the key elements of a "Learning Organization" to ensure effective planning for the long-term
    • Champion effective change management to support small- and large-scale changes


    The goal of this session is for each participant to share their overall Strategic Workforce Planning approach with others, gather feedback, adjust and plan for implementation.  As a result of attending, participants will…

    • Present their Strategic Workforce Planning approach to other participants and internal stakeholders (if applicable)
    • Receive feedback on their plan and incorporate feedback as needed
    • Provide feedback to other participant's regarding their Strategic Workforce Planning approach
    • Finalize next steps for implementation

    In Person Training Details

    Dates: This is a 5-part training (4-hours each)

    • 2023 dates coming soon.

    Location: Express Employment Professionals Grand Rapids Training Facility

    Cost: $1,395 per person

    Strategic Workforce Planning In-Person Includes:

    • High level strategic training, activities, and case studies
    • Training Material and Tools
    • Sessions include snacks, and drinks

    Class sizes are limited for maximum engagement - register today to reserve your spot. 

    If you have any questions, need help registering, or would like to be invoiced for this event, please contact: Alec McGuire, Training & Event Coordinator at (616) 608-9684 or

    This training is also available virtually! Click here to learn more.


  • Who is this training for?

    • Senior Executive Leadership
    • HR Professionals
    • Frontline Leaders

    This training qualifies for 20 HRCI or SHRM credits.

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  • Meet the Trainer

    Nathan Leaman - Director of Strategic HR
    Nathan Leaman

    Director of HR Training & Consulting - Express Employment Professionals

    Nathan Leaman is a passionate professional with extensive experience in building systems and tools that support organizational and leadership effectiveness.  Nathan brings over 20 years of leadership and HR experience from both business and non-profit organizations.  

    Nathan has a Bachelor's degree from the Moody Bible Institute, a Master's degree from Liberty University and received his coaching certification from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Nathan spent seven years in full-time church ministry before working for 13 years at the Kohler Co.  At Kohler, Nathan moved through various HR roles eventually taking the position of Director- Leadership Development.  Nathan also held various executive HR roles for the Grande Cheese Company in Fond du Lac, WI where he was responsible for Organizational Development, Compensation, Benefits Management and HRIS.

    Nathan has extensive experience with assessment tools and is certified in multiple personality and 360 degree feedback assessments.  His straightforward style, willingness to tackle difficult issues, genuine interest in seeing others grow and ability to coach at all levels makes Nathan a go-to resource for strategic HR support and executive development.

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