How to Prepare for an Unexpected (Long) Absence

How to Prepare for an Unexpected (Long) Absence

Tweet this quote.The first rule of succession planning is: start now!

Would your coworkers know where to pick up the project to continue your work, or even what projects you are prioritizing? If you are not around coworkers daily, how long would it take for someone to notice your absence? A missed deadline, perhaps? Unanswered emails?

Today, in my How To column at, I begin looking at best practices for succession planning.

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