Infographic: Succession Planning in State and Local Governments
Succession planning continues to be a top workforce issue identified by state and local human resource officials; however, many organizations have not yet developed formal succession plans. To understand more about the current usage of formal succession planning by states and localities for workforce management, the Center surveyed members of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.
Thirty-three percent of respondents reported that they expect to develop a formal succession planning process within the next five years, while 27 percent are currently developing a formal process, and 11 percent already have a formal process in place. 16 percent do not expect to develop a process in the next five years. Respondents also reported a number of barriers to having/developing formal succession plans:
- 37 percent say succession planning is not a leadership priority;
- 19 percent report a lack of internal expertise;
- 12 percent report a lack of financial resources; and
- 5 percent express a general view that the organization does not need a formal plan.