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Survey: Succession planning in practice

Succession planning can protect organisations from the consequences of losing key employees, but our survey finds that many employers are unwilling or unable to engage with the process.

On this page:
How succession planning is changing
Characteristics of succession planning
The nature of informal succession planning
Involvement of successors
Areas covered by the succession planning process
Job roles covered by succession plans
Methods of identifying successors
Stakeholders involved in selection for succession plans
The effectiveness of succession planning
Why do some employers not have succession plans?
Equal opportunities and diversity
Our research
Table 1: Employers' approach to succession planning
Table 2: Activities covered by succession planning
Table 3: The composition of succession planning processes
Table 4: Roles covered by employers' succession plans
Table 5: The ways in which succession plan participants are identified
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