Aruspex Announces 2008 Strategic Workforce Planning Workshops

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<strong>San Francisco &mdash; Feb. 21</strong><br />Business and government leaders challenged with an aging workforce, skills shortages and recruiting struggles don&rsquo;t have to passively accept their current path. Aruspex, a workforce planning firm, will make its workforce planning workshops available in the United States during spring and summer 2008. <br /><br />The two-day workshops are focused on equipping organizations with the tools and techniques to move from reactive gap-and-fill practices to proactively building a future workforce in line with business strategies. The series will launch April 9-10 in New York City, and then continue to six more cities through the spring and summer. Limited to 15 participants to ensure a personal, hands-on experience, the seminars will be led by Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton, Aruspex&rsquo;s co-founders, who have previously led successful workshops for clients such as Starbucks Coffee Co., Toyota and Aetna. <br /><br />&ldquo;Aruspex workshops demystify a complex business solution and provide an approach that you can deploy straight away,&rdquo; said Lacey All of Starbucks Coffee Co. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great kick start for your workforce planning efforts.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Strategic workforce planning is a crucial business skill,&rdquo; said Chapman. &ldquo;Employers need the proper tools and techniques to ensure they will have a workforce that delivers on their long-term strategy. Our workshops take people beyond the metrics &mdash; they will not only learn how to calculate the right numbers but what to do with them and how to build a real business profile.&rdquo;<br /><br />Walton said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to ensure that the skills you take away from a workshop can be immediately applied in the workplace. We ensure our course is truly practical and that&rsquo;s why attendees are so pleased with the outcomes.&rdquo;<br /><br />Melissa Cummings, head of workforce planning at Aetna, agreed: &ldquo;The session went way beyond theory and allowed us to really examine what we can do to position ourselves for future success, given the changing landscape of our workforce, in both a qualitative and quantitative way.&rdquo;<br /><br />Attendees will learn how to:<br /><ul><li>Understand the demographic, economic and technological trends that affect them and their workforce.</li><li>Understand the longer term impact of current trends and behaviors.</li><li>Recognize and describe the needed workforce to achieve a long-term business strategy.</li><li>Learn to lead the business in the development of scenario plans for their workforce.</li><li>Develop action plans.</li><li>Build comprehensive workforce plans.</li></ul><br />Workshops will be held at the following places and dates: New York, April 9-10; San Francisco, April 23-24; Chicago, May 14-15; Atlanta, June 4-5; Washington, D.C., June 25-26; Seattle, July 16-17; and Boston, Aug. 6-7.<br />

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