Human Resources Planning: Advantages & Importance

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  • 0:35 What Is Human Resources?
  • 1:11 Importance of HR Planning
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Instructor: Brianna Whiting
In this lesson, we'll learn about how practical planning in human resources departments can prepare organizations for future success. Test your knowledge after the lesson with a quiz.

Planning for Changes

Meet Kip. Kip works for TechWorld in the human resources department. His daily duties include finding, hiring, and training employees. While the HR department has always made sure that TechWorld has enough qualified employees, a recent announcement indicated that the company may need to increase its manpower. TechWorld will be designing a top secret gadget to be sold during the Christmas season. Kip begins the planning process. In this lesson, we will learn why a company such as TechWorld would prepare for the changing needs of the company by utilizing human resources planning.

What Is Human Resources?

Before we look at the advantages of HR planning, let's define some basic terms. Human resources is the department that is in charge of hiring and training employees. The department also manages employee benefits and works towards creating and maintaining good relationships within the company. Human resources planning is the process of understanding the needs of the company and making any necessary changes to meet company goals and objectives. For example, Kip and his colleagues in the HR department at TechWorld might plan on hiring ten new employees and one industry consultant to help with launching the new product.

Importance of HR Planning

Being prepared is crucial to the success of any organization. HR departments make predictions about the needs of the company and take appropriate steps to meet those needs. Let's discuss some factors which are important to consider in HR planning.

The first of these is growth. All organizations endeavor to find financial success. In order to do so, a company needs to be prepared to hire more employees to fulfill the new roles that come about when an expansion happens.

The second one is change. Changes always happen within organizations. When a company has an HR department that is flexible about change, it is better able to fulfill the needs of the company.

The last factor is technology. It is important that organizations are aware of technological progress so that they maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace. The HR department should plan to provide the necessary training to help employees learn how to use new technology.

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