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Statewide Workforce Planning


Policy Updates

Updates to the 2901 Workforce and Succession Plan Requirements policy are effective November 1, 2019.

If your previously submitted plan(s) met the old policy requirements then you should be in compliance with the new policy and do not have to resubmit until the June 2020 survey period. We recommend reading through the clarified requirements in the updated policy to ensure you have captured all of the critical information.

CalHR Workforce Planning and Succession Management Programs

CalHR is excited to provide a cohort-based training through a series of workshops to teach organizations how to complete  workforce and succession plans.  For more course information visit CalHR Workforce Planning and Succession Management Programs.

2017 Workforce and Succession Plan Survey Results

The 2017 results of CalHR’s Annual Workforce and Succession Plan Survey are now available. Please visit the page to view your organization's results, along with a statewide summary.

2016-2017 Statewide Workforce Planning Report

CalHR’s Statewide Workforce Development Programs and Special Projects Division would like to present the 2016-2017 Statewide Workforce Planning Report (PDF) | 2016 Statewide Workforce Planning Report - Plain Text (RTF). This highly anticipated report contains the top workforce challenges that are common to many of our state organizations.

​What is Workforce Planning?

Workforce planning is having the right number of people with the right skills in the right jobs at the right time.

Workforce planning is the business process that aligns staffing with the strategic missions and critical needs of the department. It also forecasts the department's future workforce needs to ensure your department will continue to have a talented competent workforce. See the State of California Workforce Planning Model for an overview of the workforce planning process.

What is Succession Planning?

Succession Planning supports workforce planning by calling attention to internal resources of the department. The process involves identifying and developing current employees with the potential to fill key leadership positions, identifying competency gaps, and developing strategies to addressing the needs.

Why are Workforce and Succession Planning Important? 

Leadership—Workforce and succession plans allow senior leaders to demonstrate their commitment to employees and citizens of California by planning and preparing for the continuity of services long into the future.

Strategic Planning—Is your department's workforce at risk? Workforce and Succession Plans can be your cornerstone to build your leadership bench strength and deliver on your strategic objectives.

Customers—Meet and exceed customers' expectations! Workforce and Succession Plans allow you to prepare for the future, sustain services and increase efficiency.


The CalHR Statewide Workforce Planning and Recruitment Unit is committed to building a quality sustainable workforce for the State of California.



​NEW State of California Workforce Planning Model and State of California Succession Planning Model

California Workforce Planning and Succession Planning Model
The State of California Workforce Planning Model provides clear and relevant guidance for developing a comprehensive workforce plan that contains strategies addressing five main areas: diverse recruitment, retention, employee development, knowledge transfer and succession planning. 
​The State of California Succession Planning Model provides guidance to identify high risk key leadership positions, and prioritize strategies to address the department’s succession planning needs. 

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Are You A Workforce Planning Professional?


​​Our unit facilitates quarterly workforce planning professionals meetings to provide a networking opportunity that is interactive, informative, and relevant to the workforce planning challenges faced by the State of California. 


Workforce Planning online Toolkit

Check out the Statewide Workforce Planning and Recruitment Unit's Workforce Planning Toolkit page!  The Toolkit organizes all available tools by category so you can quickly find what you need.  Download the tools you want, learn about upcoming tools, and suggest ideas for additional new tools, all on one site.  All tools are designed to enhance your department's workforce and succession planning efforts.  Take a look at the Toolkit today!

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Looking for recruitment information? 

Check out the Statewide Recruitment page! Stay up to date with current information regarding the State of California’s upcoming events, increased recruitment for examinations and vacancies and other tools to assist your department with recruitment efforts.  Working together is better and teamwork always makes the dream work.

​Contact Us

 CalHR's Statewide Workforce Planning is here to assist your department in workforce planning every step of the way.





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