那里 are strong crosscurrents swirling in today’s workplace that significantly impact older workers. People are living longer 和 many people expect to work longer than previous generations. But some people do not want to just continue to work in the same way forever. The key things they desire are flexible work policies 和 a pathway to winding down at their own pace. Almost half of the workers surveyed plan to transition gradually into retirement, according to a 泛美退休研究中心报告 published in June.
Yet, there is a sizeable gap between what aging workers want 和 what many companies are currently offering. Only 24% of employees in the same Transamerica survey report that their companies offer some type of flexible work options to pre-retirees. Another quarter indicates that their companies don’在过渡到退休人员时为员工提供任何帮助。正式的分阶段退休计划仍然很少见，只有不到10％的公司提供此类计划，尽管非正式的逐步退休安排通常是根据个人进行协商的。
However, there are signs that the powerful demographic shifts underway 和 labor market dynamics are beginning to spur a change among progressive employers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects workers 65 和 older as 增长最快的细分市场 美国劳动力的数量，并预测与最近几十年相比，它将占劳动力的更大份额。
彭博社的Carol Hymowitz has pointed out that skill shortages in some industries are leading some companies to develop innovative approaches to retaining older employees to leverage their specialized knowledge. Others are recognizing that figuring out how to leverage a large 和 growing segment of the workforce is simply smart business. The Chief HR Officer of a healthcare company recently observed that “如果我们没有充分利用整个员工队伍，那我们就束手无策了。”.
Paul Rupert，首席执行官 尊敬的出口, is a longtime advocate of flexible work options. Paul joined me on 退休智慧播客 to share his observations 和 insights on future trends in the workplace 和 what his new organization is doing to provide a strong voice for aging workers. He offers savvy 忠告 for individuals on how to approach negotiating an informal phased retirement – 和 guide for HR professionals whose companies want to gain an edge in retaining 和 attracting talented seasoned employees. 你可以听 to our 会话 with Paul Rupert 这里 .
Joe Casey is a former senior HR executive, who is in a second career as an executive coach 和 retirement coach.