Workforce Succession Management Program Report

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The County continually looks ahead to establish a vision for the future and proactively address the opportunities and challenges that arise. One such challenge is to plan for a smooth transition in its workforce as the County anticipates significant levels of turnover driven by a labor market-wide retirement wave. This retirement wave is largely a matter of demographics, as members of the sizable baby boom generation approach 55 to 60 years of age and leave the workforce in record numbers. Since the subsequent demographic groups (Generation X and the Millennial Generation) are much smaller, employers face intense competition to recruit and retain replacement talent. This competition can be more difficult for local governments like the County of San Mateo, since they are more reliant on “knowledge workers” which are in even shorter supply and because young people are not necessarily drawn to government service.

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