Succession Planning During COVID 19

Succession Planning During COVID 19

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as an unimaginable health crisis. It has negatively impacted global business and commerce on an unprecedented scale. With extended lockdowns and valid social distancing norms to flatten the curve of the coronavirus and prevent community spread, industrial activity has come to a pragmatic standstill. It has caused the value destruction of trades and threatened their continuation. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significance of succession planning as a business continuity measure and risk management strategy. A carefully planned and proficiently executed succession strategy has the potential to deal with the probabilities of frivolous trade conditions. Also, it ensures that trade continuity is not compromised. In this uncertainty and instability, succession planning plays an essential role in assuring that successful businesses and assets do not pass into the hands of ineligible and unintended recipients. Also, succession planning empowers organizations to alleviate the impact of unexpected adversities. Succession planning elucidates the decision-making process regarding the ownership, authority, and management of the business. 


Let’s have a look at why succession planning is crucial, especially during COVID-19.


Why Organizations Should Think About Succession Planning


The COVID-19 pandemic has moved some peripheral concerns to center stage. The concerns are:




The leaders who established their MFOs and RIAs have been forced to admit that age is a determinant when considering the long-term sustainability and success of the organization. These concerns have urged the organizations to begin considering succession planning to help the business to run.


Volatility and Incapability


The market reconstruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic revealed underlying structural vulnerabilities in a lot of organizations. Also, it has swamped many organizations with operational problems. Executing catchup in the present unpredictable environment necessitates a greater responsibility and support than some organizations are willing or able to manage.




Numerous clients, boards, and employees are urging the organization for answers regarding their future in this time of uncertainty. 


Succession Planning is Completely Customizable


Organizations can address succession planning in a number of ways. It is not a one-size-fits-all attempt. For instance, the organization can schedule the working shifts of an employee with their supervisors or managers. It will guide and develop the employee, and they will be ready to move smoothly if their senior is promoted or departs unexpectedly. The organization can also hire an operating officer to establish the succession planning of the organization. 


Reflection Time is Crucial


The first step of succession planning is for the organization to consider the past and future.

  • Consider the strengths and weaknesses of the organization.
  • Identify tasks that can be handed over to others. 
  • Analyze the positions that need immediate succession planning and work on that. 
  • Create a vision for the firm five years from now in terms of geographic locations and employee size.
  • Solidify the aims, whether personally or professionally.


Final words


The COVID-19 has strengthened the focus of the long-term sustainability of the organization. Incapability to create a well-designed succession strategy can endanger the future growth and development of the organization. 


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