Where have all the workers gone? Exploring public sector workforce planning

Colley, Linda & Price, Robin (2010) Where have all the workers gone? Exploring public sector workforce planning. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 69(2), pp. 202-213.

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Governments undertake extensive planning of many services and functions, but tend to neglect planning of public service workforces. Disruptions to public service delivery, such as shortages of nurses and doctors, have rejuvenated interest in workforce planning, but many organisations struggle to do it effectively. This historical study examines the capacity of central personnel agencies to predict workforce risks and support workforce planning, using a study of the Queensland public service. It identifies lack of workforce data as a barrier to effective workforce planning, as a result of factors such as changes in the direction of the central personnel agency, lack of appreciation for the value of comprehensive central workforce data, and limited agency human resource (HR) skills or capacity.

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ID Code: 33186
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Public Sector, Human Resources , HR Planning
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2010.00676.x
ISSN: 1467-8500
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2010 22:38
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:16

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