A sustainable workforce is a potential outcome of medium to long term strategic planning reviews carried out by organisations that view their people as assets and do not simply focus on the short term; enabling them to plan for the future with regards to their people requirements.
Creating and maintaining a sustainable workforce
requires organisations to take appropriate action to: recruit and retain the right workforce; address key future and occupational skill shortages; promote jobs, careers and the concept of employability; identify , develop and motivate talent; address diversity and inclusion issues . (Source Fire Professional Framework Strategic Aims and Objectives).
The creation of a sustainable workforce is a significant challenge in itself, particularly when the external influences lend themselves towards short term focus. However, adopting a longer term view and focusing on sustainability of the workforce can lead to on-going organisational benefits and positive impacts for organisations, our communities and staff.