The consultancy firm, McKinsey & Company, developed the 7S model as a tool for their business clients, and it has become a staple of organizational
assessment. The model is a simple tool that can be used to understand and evaluate the performance of an organization in 7 critical areas:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
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assignment, you will examine 5 of these areas at your organization: Strategy, Style, Staff, Skills,
and Shared Values. All these performance areas directly affect your workforce strategy. Workforce planning is critical to distribute talent across an
organization and to identify needed competencies and personnel, both for the short term and for the long term. It is also a valuable tool for leaders seeking
ways to address challenges due to changes in the workplace environment and employee expectations.
Using your current workplace, or an organization with which you are familiar, write a short report of 3 to 5 pages. Use this format for your report: a short
introduction, explaining the purpose of the report; a section for each assessment area, using the prompts below; and a conclusion that briefly summarizes
your findings. Each section in the body of the report addresses one of the 5 areas, as indicated below.
Use the prompts provided below as a guide for the body of your report: Strategy – this must align with your organization’s mission, vision and goals
• Briefly describe the business strategy of your organization
• How well is your workforce strategy aligned with your organization’s business strategy?
• How has your workforce strategy changed with the increase in remote and hybrid work?
Style – this relates to the type of leadership that is customary at your organization
• What is the prevailing leadership style of your organization (e.g., participative, autocratic,
• Is it the appropriate style for the challenges of today’s workplace? Why or why not?
taff – the staffing numbers are driven by the budget but must support organizational goals
• Does your organization have the numbers and type of employees needed to execute its current strategy?
• If not, is there a plan in place to address the shortfall?
Skills – these are the competencies needed to execute the work and fulfill the strategy
• Does the leadership understand the competency requirements across your organization?
• Are the required competencies represented by your organization’s current staff?
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 organization
endorses and expects?
• How are the shared values in your workforce being impacted by the shift to more employees working remotely or with a hybrid schedule?
• The assignment is typed and double-spaced, with a professional font (size 10 – 12)
• The assignment is submitted in MS Word document format
• Includes a Cover Page with the assignment title, your name, the professor’s name, course title, and date
• Includes an Introduction and a Conclusion
• Covers each of the five areas concisely and briefly – the total report is 3 to 5 pages
• The report is written in a formal manner, with correct spelling and grammar
• 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
• The Cover Page and References are not included in the required page length