Succession Planning: Preparing for the Future

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Succession ManagementWhat does your company value most? Is it the productivity of the workforce, the innovative ideas of its employees, or that communication and collaboration between its departments and teams? Whatever the case may be, all these go back to the employees. They are at the center of your company's success, the drivers of success and progress.

That being said, it's important to to consider the future of the organization and the development of its employees. With succession management, companies can devise a long term plan that's purpose is to prepare for the future and the gaps that may occur with the loss of an employee in a critical position. Unfortunately, many executives don't believe they're doing enough for changes that will eventually occur in their companies.

Here are just a few reason why succession planning is a growing need in companies, especially with exit of baby boomers from the workforce and the entrance of younger, less experienced candidates.

First, succession planning supports stability and sustainability  for both the company and employees. It aligns goals of the company with goals of the employee through employee development plans. If your company establishes a way to achieve goals and see growth in the future, then this will avert disruption in the workplace when changes do occur.

Succession management prepares for the uncertain future. Employees will come and go; people in important roles will move on. The purpose of succession planning is to prepare current employees to fill the gaps when those unforeseen instances occur.

Instead of scrambling to transition to work without a specific employee, the staff will be more prepared for the scenario and will be able to adjust to their new workload smoothly.

Succession planning deters chaos; this goes hand in hand with preparing employees for the future. When focus is put on the future needs and goals of the company, they can fuel employee development which will give them the tools they need to be successful during a time of transition.

Not only does this show employees that employee career development is important to them, it also illustrates to other stakeholders, investors, and clients that the company is fully equipped to manage changes that occur within the organization and the changes associated with the ups and downs of the market. 

Having a well-rounded plan in place is increasingly important to every organization, regardless of the nature of their work. There will always be critical positions that must be filled in order for a company to progress. No matter what the job is, without leaders who are vital to the success and everyday workings of the organization, those companies will cease to exist altogether.

Instead of being left behind, prepare your company and employees for the uncertainties of the future with succession planning. You'll be ready for changes and your employees will know how to fluidly transition into their new roles. Placing focus on employee development and organizational preparedness will make all the difference.

When you begin to think long term, you and your company will see the benefits of planning ahead. The workforce will be able to shift their sights onto their new responsibilities while keeping the goals of the company in mind. If you've not yet set aside time to make a plan for the future, take the time now to create a plan to fill gaps and mold employees into the best team and workplace your specific market has ever seen! Then you'll be unstoppable.

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