What is Human Resource Planning?

Human Resource Planning definition

A process that starts with an organisation’s future human resources needs and defines the path to get there. Defined by Bulla and Scott (1994) as ‘the process for ensuring that the human resource requirements of an organization are identified and plans are made for satisfying those requirements.’

Human resource planning is a growing remit for a number of reasons:

  • Organisations are becoming more aware of their own effect on staff happiness and productivity
  • Globalisation has resulted in companies that have employees across the world with very different needs and requirements
  • It’s becoming harder to predict what the future will look like; businesses cannot assume it will resemble the past