your organization s workforce strategy 1 –

McKinsey developed the 7S model over 30 years ago and it has become a staple of organizational assessment ever since. The model is a simple tool that can be used to understand the alignment of an organization around 7 critical components:

1. Strategy

2. Structure

3. Systems

4. Style

5. Staff

6. Skills

7. Shared Values

In this assignment, you will examine 5 of these components at your organization: Strategy, Style, Staff, Skills, and Shared Values. All these components directly affect your workforce strategy. The workforce planning process is critical to distribute talent across an organization and to identify competency and personnel shortages in the organization, both for the short term and for the long term.


Using your current workplace, or an organization with which you are familiar, write a short report of 3 to 5 pages. You will organize the report with a short introduction to explain the purpose of the report, then 5 paragraphs that describe and assess your department or organization, and then a conclusion that briefly summarizes your findings. Each paragraph in the body of the report addresses one of the 5 components, as indicated below.

Use the questions provided below as a guide:

Strategy – this must align with your organization’s mission, vision and goals

• Briefly describe the business strategy of your organization

• How well does your workforce strategy align with and support your organization’s business strategy?

Style – this relates to the type of leadership that is customary at your organization

• What is the prevailing leadership style of your department or organization (e.g., participative, autocratic, collaborative)?

• Is it the appropriate style for the challenges you face?

Staff – the staffing numbers are driven by the budget

• Do you have the numbers of employees needed to execute the current organizational strategy?

• If not, how do you intend to address the shortfall?

Skills – these are the competencies needed to execute the work and fulfill the strategy

• Do you understand the competency requirements for your department or organization?

• Do you have the required competencies represented by your current staff?

• If not, how do you intend to address the shortfall?

Shared values – these are the norms of behavior and self-management valued at your organization

• Do the people in your workforce understand the norms of behavior your department or organization requires?

• How do you ensure the continuity of those norms?

Formatting Requirements • Typed, double-spaced, professional font (size 10 – 12) with one-inch margins on all sides • Includes an Introduction and a Conclusion • References must be included and provide appropriate information that enables the reader to locate the original source. Application and analysis of course materials and resources are expected, and additional research is welcome • Includes a Cover Page with the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s name, course title, and date • Write about each of the indicated topics concisely and briefly – the total report should be 3 to 5 pages • The Cover Page and References are not included in the required page length