Strategic Workforce Management

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Strategic Workforce Management: How to align your people strategy with your business strategy.

Leadership of organisations spend much of their time analysing market trends, customer behaviour and what their competitors are doing. This makes a lot of sense for businesses seeking competitive advantage. However, in seeking competitive advantage very little time is spent on the greatest source of competitive advantage, namely the organisation’s people or workforce. In a vague, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world of business, strategic workforce management is the greatest differentiating factor between a highly successful and mediocre organisation.

This course on Strategic Workforce Management looks at how to align your people strategy with the business strategy. An organisations competitive advantage is its people and in order to add maximum value for the organisation, these people must be optimally distributed throughout the company.

In this course we will get into the following key areas:

  • The vision & strategy

  • The strategic roadmap

  • The aligning & cascading or organisational objectives

  • The capability gap analysis

  • The human capital strategy

  • Integrated performance management

  • Monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting

By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • What strategic workforce management is and how it adds value to the business

  • How strategic workforce management is required to achieve the organisations strategic objectives

  • How the organisation’s strategic objectives provide the framework for workforce management

  • How to align organisational strategy, the strategic roadmap and your workforce to build capability and capacity as a framework for business success

We will also look at how to use strategic workforce management to inform your people management processes such as performance management, talent management, talent acquisition, and succession planning.

Class Project Description:

The Class project for this course is on the 7 Key Elements of SWM  and consists of a number of exercises designed to practically apply the principles discussed.

The first exercise is A SWOT Analysis exercise. Use this exercise to get a clear picture of your organisation and what you have to work with. The second exercise is a GAP Analysis; this exercise will assist you in identifying where your organisation is currently, where it needs to go, and the actions plans to close that gap.

The third exercise is Understanding Your Current Workforce. The purpose of this exercise is to help you to understand the composition of your current workforce.

The 4th exercise is where I would like you to plot your employees on a 9 Block Matrix. The 5th exercise is Anticipating your Future Workforce, the purpose of this exercise is to help you to identify the capabilities you need for the future. The 6th and final exercise is the Capability Gap Analysis,  a set of questions designed to help you think about the gap between your current capability and your desired capability.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The vision & strategy
  • The strategic roadmap
  • The aligning & cascading or organisational objectives
  • The capability gap analysis
  • The human capital strategy
  • Integrated performance management
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting

About the instructor

Tani Amarasinghe Moodley
Tani is based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a seasoned HR Advisor with a career spanning over 20 years in mining, exploration, online marketing and financial services. She provides an HR advisory service that covers the full spectrum of the human resource lifecycle and creates environments that balance legal requirements, business functionality and company culture. She holds Bachelor of Arts, Honours Social Science and Master’s in Commerce (Industrial Relations – Cum Laude) Degrees from the then University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management. Tani successfully combines a sound theoretical background with solid practical experience and specializes in leadership and management development and in the building of key leadership skills required to flourish in today’s working world. Tani works with both individuals and teams to create alignment towards organisational goals and strategic vision. Her fields of specialization include: • Human Capital Consulting • Policy Formulation • Team Building • Leadership and Management Development • Career Development & Progression • Conflict Management and Mediation • Coaching - Executive, Business and Life • Workshop Facilitation • Organisational Restructuring • Creating Strong, Business Focused Teams • The Future of Work As CEO and Owner of Human Capital Matters (HCM), an HR consulting firm based in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, she specialises in end-to-end human resources consulting and solutions tailor made towards customer specific needs. She recently launched the HCM Academy, the learning arm of her business. The academy is the vehicle by which she transfers her years of experience, passion, real life examples of both triumph and failure into developing leadership talent. She is a content developer and instructor on the Udemy portal and develops and presents digital courses and webinars.

Course Curriculum

Lesson 1

  • What is SWM

Lesson 2

  • The Benefits of SWM

Lesson 3

  • The 7 Key Elements of SWM

7 Elements

  • The Vision
  • Strategic Roadmap
  • Cascading & Aligning
  • Capability Gap
  • Human Capital Strategy
  • Integrated Performance Management
  • Monitoring & Adapting


  • Conclusion


  • SWM project
  • Draft Lesson

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