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Work Coverage Workbook

yourSABBATICAL’s Step-By-Step Guide to Seamless Work Coverage

This workbook guides your company’s sabbatical-goers through a comprehensive work audit, appropriate work coverage methods, the selection of coverage partners, and the development of pre-departure checklists and smooth re-entry plans.

By Barbara Pagano and Elizabeth Pagano.

41 pages.

Like any other business initiative, sabbaticals require hard and fast strategies that fully leverage the investment your company is making in the sabbatical process. When done right, sabbatical Work Coverage Plans can be one of the most beneficial aspects of your sabbatical program because they push your people to take the initiative and discover new ways of doing things.

An effective work coverage strategy can:

  • Build respect, confidence and trust;
  • Broaden your organizational knowledge base;
  • Realize new process efficiencies; and
  • Put go-getters on the fast track to leadership roles.

yourSABBATICAL’s interactive Work Coverage Workbook begins with a personality questionnaire that helps each employee identify aspects of his or her personality that will come into play during the process of planning for his or her work coverage. This process provides sabbatical-goers with personal incentive to think “big picture” and employ careful planning and structure, trust, delegation, and attention to detail in order to ensure positive outcomes for themselves and the organization as a whole.

What tasks and responsibilities need to be covered?

Step-by-step instructions, checklists, and illuminating graphics help the planner “audit” his or her job responsibilities, identify what tasks need to be covered during the sabbatical period, and consider the pros and cons of three classic work coverage models – The Zurich Route, The Bangalore Route and The Namibia Route.

Who is best suited to cover those responsibilities?

Once the work tasks are clearly outlined, the employee is taken through the process of visualizing a sabbatical “solar system” in which every person affected by the sabbatical has a specified position in “orbit”. With this in mind, the workbook outlines criteria for selecting the best work coverage individuals/teams for each task, scripts for approaching work coverage partners, a “before-you-leave” checklist, agendas for pre-departure and after-return meetings, and a re-entry plan that outlines what a sabbatical-goer should do during his or her first three days back at work.

An essential tool for anyone and everyone going on sabbatical, yourSABBATICAL’s Work Coverage Workbook ensures every sabbatical taken in your company fully leverages the opportunity for a robust talent exchange that increases employee agility and uncovers new ways of working.

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