Terrible Tale #5 – Planning to Succeed?
Everyone has heard of the big demographic shift that’s underway, and now we are actually starting to see it in action. You would think that with all the “buzz”, the government would be ready with effective succession planning and knowledge transfer initiatives. Clearly it is not!
Recently, a colleague of mine retired from the public service. That person had a high level of scientific skills, decades of training and experience, had been involved in projects bureau-wide and was an essential resource for many researchers. That individual’s impending retirement was no secret. Yet, no succession plan was in place to help a successor’s effective transition into the role. My colleague, who played such an important role in the organization, retired without a replacement. As a result, significant skills and expertise were lost. In addition, because of hiring freezes and cost-cutting measures, there is still no plan to replace this person. But guess what – the employer hired two contractors to cover the work!