Succession planning

When managers are discussing future plans with staff members, they should consider the experience and skills that each staff member has and how these might best be deployed in the future.

For example, if an staff member indicates an intention to retire shortly, the manager may wish to explore:

  • How to retain the knowledge, skills and experience that the staff member has
  • How such knowledge, skills and experience could be passed on to other colleagues
  • Whether there is anyone else in the organisation who might be a suitable replacement for the member of staff
  • Whether the staff member may be suitable for, and agreeable to, taking on a mentoring role in respect of less experienced staff or a prospective replacement.