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"Employee Succession Planning: Are You Prepared?"
Author: Campbell, Jeffery, Ph.D., with David Schultz, Trent Murray, Jordan Smith, Kendall Neilson, and Matt Moffatt
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: July/August 2007

Reports on survey by a faculty/student team in Brigham Young University's Facilities Management Program of APPA members on succession planning. Challenges faced by APPA members when filling vacancies include retiring workforce, lack of time to train potential leaders, lack of human resources support to properly define positions, size of organization, lack of opportunity for additional career growth, and undesirable location.  Given the impending shrinking of the labor force, traditional employee succession methods may not be appropriate. According to the survey, 91 percent of future job openings will require from three to more than ten years of experience, signaling the need to begin to prepare younger professionals. Reports on practices by other industries in building a succession plan and recommends that institutions take an active role in promoting the advantages of being employed by APPA member institutions and developing and showing career path opportunities for younger professionals.  Includes references.



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