The Importance of Planning for the New Year – Weekly Update

The Importance of Planning for the New Year – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, the significance of meticulous planning cannot be overstated. In the world of Human Resources, where dynamic forces shape the workforce landscape, strategic planning is the linchpin to organizational success. As the President of New York City SHRM, I emphasize the imperative of foresight and proactive measures in navigating the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.


Effective planning lays the groundwork for a resilient and adaptive workforce. It involves a comprehensive examination of organizational goals, talent needs, and market trends. By aligning HR strategies with the broader business objectives, we can foster an environment that nurtures innovation and agility. The rapid evolution of technology, coupled with the changing demographics of the workforce, requires HR professionals to anticipate shifts and proactively address emerging issues.

Moreover, planning is a cornerstone for talent development and retention. Identifying skill gaps, implementing robust training programs, and cultivating a culture of continuous learning are pivotal components of strategic HR planning. In the vibrant and competitive landscape of New York City, attracting and retaining top talent is not merely a goal but a strategic necessity.

As we embark on this journey into the upcoming year, let us embrace the wisdom of thorough planning. It is the compass that guides us through the complexities of an ever-evolving business landscape, ensuring that our organizations not only survive but thrive in the face of uncertainty. Together, through strategic foresight and collaborative efforts, we can pave the way for a successful and prosperous year for our organizations and the vibrant workforce we serve.

Be well.

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, New York City SHRM

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