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Succession Planning and Sabbaticals

In my recent article ( I described ten important steps for general counsel to take in preparation for appointing a successor to their position.

The article made me wonder why legal departments don’t institute programs for sabbaticals.  If a lawyer or paralegal has served well for five or seven years, why not allow them to take three months of paid time off?  If tuition reimbursement programs are widespread, why not opportunities for nourishment of self in a different form?  A sabbatical program could increase retention rates and allow other people to step into temporary positions and show their stuff.  If compensation dollars and promotions are tight, perhaps a sabbatical program can provide an alternative form of recognition. 

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