The task is a 2000 word written report that requires students to conduct a post-COVID strategic workforce planning exercise for a chosen organisation. Critically analyse the challenges to the organisation and apply relevant strategic workforce planning concepts, theories and principles.


Referencing is Australian Harvard (AGPS) and outlined in the AIB Style Guide.


Learning outcomes


1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice.

3. Identify and evaluate different perspectives, value systems and contemporary trends and their impact on strategic HRM.


To prepare for this assessment, please read the following article:


Harbert, T 2020, Workforce planning in the age of Covid, HR Magazine, 1 December.


Covid-19 hasn’t just changed the workplace, it has changed the very fabric of the workforce and the nature of work itself. The challenge for HR departments now is to figure out how to continually assess the changing external and internal situation and respond to the workforce demands of their organisations in an agile and sustainable manner. Simply put, conducting a strategic workforce planning in the post-Covid climate has become more critical for organisations.


This assessment requires you to conduct a post-Covid strategic workforce planning exercise to meet the on-going changing demands for your organisation (or an organisation you are familiar with – e.g., any previous organisation you may have worked for or a well-known organisation).


You are required to begin with an introduction of your chosen organisation and its industry. Furthermore, in terms of the main body of the report, you must focus on conducting a labour market scanning, labour demand forecasting, labour supply analysis and how your organisation plans to balance its labour demand versus supply.


This assessment task is designed to allow you to apply relevant strategic workforce planning concepts to a real-world organisation in a contemporary context. As workforce planning is a key topic in this subject, this assessment will enable you to critically think about the current and future challenges that organisations may face when making post-Covid HRM decisions.


Engaging in strategic workforce planning will provide you with a competitive edge in your current or future workplace and be better prepared to deal with the uncertain and changing nature of the workforce.


The topic of Workforce planning is covered in Week 3 of the subject learning materials and in Chapter 4 of your textbook.



The required word length for this assessment is 2,000 words (plus 10% tolerance).

You are required to follow AIB standard report format, in terms of structure, presentation and style. Please refer to AIB Style Guide and AIB report template for further details.

You need to acknowledge sources of facts appropriately. Use a minimum of six (6) academic references to support your arguments. You need to use credible sources such as journal articles, textbooks, government and/or industry reports, online business magazines or newspaper articles, business-related opinion pieces, company websites and so on. Any source that you use for this assignment should no longer be more than 10 (ten) years old, unless it is a seminal work.

Your grade will be adversely affected if your response does not acknowledge the sources of information, you have used (please refer to AIB’s Assessment Policy which is available on the AIB website).

The introduction page, executive summary, table of contents, reference list and appendix is not included in the word-count.

Grading criteria and feedback

Your assessment will be marked according to the following grading criteria:


Criterion 1: Explanation of context, scope and purpose (20%).

Criterion 2: Demonstrated understanding of relevant concepts, theories and principles through appropriate application (35%).

Criterion 3: Depth of reasoning as demonstrated through critical analysis, logically-developed supporting argument and evaluation (35%).

Criterion 4: Citing and referencing, including paraphrasing (5%).

Criterion 5: Structure, presentation, communication style, and word count (5%).