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Succession Planning: Refilling the Pipelines (Webinar)

This webinar, titled Succession Planning: Refilling the Pipeline was designed by Rick Dacri and delivered on December 10, 2013. Click Succession Planning to hear the webinar recording.

This webinar  provided the business case for having a succession plan and outlined the critical elements of such a plan. Our workforce is graying. Organizations must be prepared if and when key employees suddenly exit the workforce due to retirement, death or resignation. Business owners/CEOs must lead their organization in designing, implementing and managing an organization wide succession and knowledge retention plan. This should be an essential piece in the organization’s business plan and is fundamental to the long-term viability of all successful organizations. Good succession plans focus on developing their employees and ensuring that the organization always has the people in place to operate the business. This webinar was designed for CEOs, Executives, Business Owners, and HR Professionals.

Some of the topics covered:

  1. Understanding why all companies, regardless of size, should have a plan in place
  2. Knowing how to develop a successful succession plan & emergency preparedness plan
  3. Ensuring that qualified employees are ready when key vacancies occur in their organization
  4. Preventing the loss of valuable knowledge from walking out the door
  5. Developing key staff so that they have the skills to do the job today and tomorrow
  6. Recruiting staff that can contribute today and who also have future potential

To hear the webinar, click Succession Planning.

To learn more, contact Rick Dacri at Dacri & Associates, LLC



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Sick Leave Still Bad For Business


Two years ago when Maine was considering mandating paid sick leave, I wrote that I thought it was bad for business. I continue to believe this. As I stated then, no one can argue that it makes sense for employees to stay home when not feeling well.  The last thing anyone wants is to have someone preparing or serving your meal who is not well—and that’s what happens when the choice is between staying home and not receiving pay or working sick because you can’t live without your paycheck.  It is a terrible choice to have to make.

Unfortunately, as noble as the various bills being proposed throughout the country may be, as right as it feels, it is bad policy because it undermines the businesses it purports to support and ultimately hurt all employees.  Small businesses cannot afford another mandate.  Mandatory sick leave will be cost prohibitive and an administrative nightmare to manage, particularly on top of the other leave policies mandated under state and federal law.  Managing time-off policies are not easy.  Employers still struggle making sense out of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and that’s been around 20 years!

One can empathize with any worker who has to work ill.  Ideally, businesses will see that sick leave benefits, voluntarily offered, provide them a competitive advantage. But mandating it is not the right thing to do. Smaller organizations often cannot afford these kinds of benefits and another mandate could potentially put them under.

What do you think? Share your comments and opinions below.

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