Workday Adaptive Planning for the workforce

Strategically plan your workforce with agility and confidence

Relying on spreadsheets and outdated planning platforms can leave you unable to adapt to the dynamic nature of your business. Plus, you’ll have a workforce plan that’s out of sync with finance and corporate plans. That’s why we built Workday Adaptive Planning for the workforce. Now you can model your optimal workforce, plan for any scenario, standardize plans across business units, and collaborate to develop workforce plans that integrate with your corporate plan.

Our finance team starts the process alongside our HR team, which supplies us with critical information on our entire workforce. Our workforce plan, integrated with our budget, revenue forecasts, and corporate financial plan, helps us determine where to expand next and when, how to staff new locations, what practice areas to grow, and more.

Andrew Brett, Financial Planning and Reporting Manager, Pinsent Masons

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Take workforce planning to the next level

Your workforce is probably your largest expense—and the piece of your organization that’s hardest to align with your business goals. With strategic workforce planning now part of Workday Adaptive Planning, you can plan with virtually no limits on how you view or model workforce data.

  • Integrate real-time data from your HCM and ERP systems
  • Plan, optimize, and adjust your current and future workforce

Model your best workforce mix

Aligning personnel to business strategies is easy with Workday Adaptive Planning. Model skills by location, ramp time, cost of workforce, and more. Then compare multiple what-if scenarios to pinpoint the optimal organizational structure that places the right people in the right role at the right time.

  • Create your own global or local business drivers and change them with a single click
  • Maintain a single standard workforce model across your entire enterprise, even for entities with different business and revenue models

Collaborate on dynamic personnel plans

We recognize that in business, everybody plans. So we make it easy for you to engage finance, HR, and hiring managers in planning for new hires, promotions, merit increases, and more. Deploy self-service tools so managers can map hiring strategies with their business plans, while giving HR and finance visibility into current and future expenses.

  • Easily share plans with business leaders and people managers—while limiting access to sensitive data
  • Allow anyone to add input in Excel so plans include crucial bottom-up input

Keep everyone on track, always

With spreadsheets and legacy systems, trying to keep track of which managers have reviewed and approved forecasts and budgets can be a headache. Workday Adaptive Planning for the workforce solves this with a built-in workflow so HR and finance professionals can always know where reviews stand, and what's been submitted and approved.

  • Track common planning tasks and use discussions and cell notes to collaborate
  • Monitor changes and issues with a powerful audit trail

Analyze and adopt plans quickly and easily

Does your current solution allow you to quickly identify opportunities that align with workforce changes in your business? Well, ours does. Use our intuitive dashboards and reporting to monitor and analyze costs, see unfilled positions, and break down the distribution and composition of your workforce.

  • Assess your current workforce’s ability to meet future needs for performance, readiness for promotion or transfer, and retention risk
  • Track your plan against actuals, analyzing coverage and gaps to plan

Seamlessly integrate workforce plans and budgets with financial plans

Workforce planning should be an integral part of your corporate planning environment. With Workday Adaptive Planning, you can automatically feed data from multiple sources including HCM, CRM, GL, and ERP systems so you can plan headcount, salary, bonus, payroll tax, and hours using actuals from your business. That integration helps you reduce your risk of error and free up time to focus on workforce strategy. Best of all, you can deploy Workday Adaptive Planning for the workforce quickly, and without help from IT.

The sheets functionality in Workday Adaptive Planning allowed us to build a separate revenue model for each business unit but yet one standard workforce model that served all units.

Erin Riesmeyer, Financial Analysis Director, Maritz

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