A “need” is the gap between “what is” and “what should be.” - Office of Migrant Education
A Business needs assessment, in simple terms, is finding out what the organization needs.
But, in a busy company with so many things going on, it’s hard to pin down exactly what the organization needs and what may be holding it back.
This is where a business needs assessment begins. The process starts by gathering data and comparing the current situation against the future direction of the company.
This defines the gaps that are preventing the company from reaching its desired goals and will give you a complete list of what the business needs.
In most cases, this complete list of business needs will be a long one.
So, let’s be realistic. In the real world, there will never be enough money to meet every single one of your business needs (even if you’re Walmart).
You need to prioritize.
This is where the business needs assessment template comes into its own.
Once you’ve identified the gaps and have your list of business needs, the process then enables you to evaluate each need and set priorities.
Whether it’s establishing what the training deficit is, or discovering the reasons for poor performance or low productivity, business needs assessments are the best way to identify what the organizations most significant needs are.
Process Street has created a business needs assessment template which will help you to analyze your current situation, identify your needs, prioritize those needs and make decisions on how to achieve those needs.
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