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Although many employers are looking to implement a strategic work force plan to realign human capital needs with the overall business strategy, they are having difficulty finding strategic work force planning leaders because it still a new methodology, and there is no established profile of the successful strategic work force planning leader, according to the recent Executive Action Report from The Conference Board.

“The shortage of experienced (strategic work force plan) leaders is an issue for businesses looking to deploy a three-to-five year (strategic work force plan) process,” says Mary B. Young, D.B.A., principal researcher of human capital at The Conference Board. “Interestingly, our research shows that while many (strategic work force plan) leaders have HR experience, that’s not always the case. In fact, effective (strategic work force plan) leaders are likely to have diverse work experiences within and outside of HR.”

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