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Workforce Planning

Workforce planning provides a framework for making personnel decisions based on the organization's mission, strategic plan, budgetary resources and desired job knowledge and skills. Workforce planning allows managers to anticipate change rather than being surprised by it. It also sets up methods for addressing present and anticipated workforce issues.
Succession planning identifies necessary KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) and works to assess, develop, and retain a talent pool of employees in order to ensure stability for all critical positions.  

Yearly Report

Your agency must complete a yearly workforce planning report. Agency HR directors will be provided advance notice of the due date of the report each year. The report provides your agency with the opportunity to ask the Office of Administration for help with workforce and succession planning. The Bureau of Talent Acquisition and Planning will follow up with your agency on issues.

retirement projection and employee mobility

Use the retirement projection databases and the employee mobility database to evaluate your agency’s future personnel needs and get a peek at your employee’s perspectives to help you address reoccurring issues within your agency.


Learn the in’s and out’s of maintaining your agency’s workforce by attending the "Workforce and Succession Planning: The Future of the Commonwealth Workforce" class.  This course is offered through the Keystone Academy for Learning, within the Supervisors/Managers learning series. Sign up through LSO at > My Training.

Additional resources 

You may find information about recruitment and employee development especially helpful as you’re examining your agency’s workforce. 

Contact Us

Additional materials and support are available by contacting OA-Talent Acquisition and Planning at 717.787.3813.