Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing internal personnel with the potential to fill key or critical organizational positions. Succession planning ensures the availability of experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they become available.
In other words, succession planning is about preparing organisations for likely or inevitable changes now, in order to minimise challenges later.
Why should councils be doing succession planning?
With considerable local government workforce due to retire in the next decade or so, councils need to identify successors for key roles. Even the skill shortages and dynamic nature of high turn over of staff along with the trend towards flatter organisational structures. This means fewer employees are gaining the strategic skills needed for key positions, so the competition for such candidates is likely to remain fierce.