Develop HR Plan

Have you identified what skills your business needs to achieve its goals and created the right jobs?


Efficient and effective recruitment and staffing begins with an analysis of your HR needs. You need a plan to ensure that you are hiring the right people with the right skills at the right time.  Developing an HR plan will help you identify the right skills and determine what is the right time to bring those skills on board.

The decisions you make as to whom to hire will affect your ability to meet your objectives. In the long run, it pays to take time to examine your needs and plan your approach in a thorough and methodical way, using all the resources at your disposal.  If you don’t take the time to anticipate potential changes in your workforce, you will be coming up with quick fixes in “crisis mode”.  You will save time and money in the long run if you take the time to map out your future hiring needs now.  You want to make sure that you have created the right positions and are recruiting the right skills before you even start looking for the right person for the job.

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Before you begin to build your team, it is essential to ask yourself questions about your particular situation.  You can then begin to prepare a plan to meet your HR needs.  Ask yourself a few general questions before you begin:

  • Do I have all relevant information on the composition and skills of my staff?
  • Do I have a clear idea of my staffing requirements (e.g., number of positions, skill levels)?
  • Have all of my employees made their career aspirations known to me?
  • What employee training and/or development do I foresee?
  • Do I have a, appropriate balance of representation and diversification within my workforce?
  • Do I have current or longer-term workforce recruitment, retention or renewal issues?
  • Do my employees receive on-going, appropriate feedback on their performance?


Here are some resources and tools that will help you in your overall HR planning.  We have added some components directly on this website, but for detailed information you may want to explore these:

  • HR Toolkit– Developed by HR Council for Non-Profit Sector, has excellent information and tools that are applicable to all employers
  • Managing Your Human Assets– A Human Resource guide for small business employers, developed by Saskatchewan Career and Employment Services. MODULE 1 focuses on Human Resource Planning.
  • Working in Canada Tool– Information about wages, skills requirements, unions, and more for 560 occupations across Canada.

Managing Your Human Assets

A Human Resource guide for small business employers