This is your 2014 forecast: organizations are lean, succession planning is no longer easily implemented, retention is critical and replacement must be fast. Taking more than 48 hours to conduct a reference is unacceptable in the current climate. So why is this happening? Why aren’t you receiving completed references within 48 hours? This is happening because you work with an organization that is volume-focused, sales-focused, and one that is not working evenings and weekends. An organization that is not fully committed to meeting your needs. Ask yourself: are you working with a true partner or an overloaded system?