Monday, March 10, 2008

Successful Strategies for Retaining Older Workers: Urban Institute Paper

The Urban Institute has published a paper outlining successful strategies employers can use to do more to attract and retain older workers, many of whom are highly experienced, knowledgeable. According to the paper--"Current Strategies to Employ and Retain Older Workers" by Lauren Eyster, Richard W. Johnson, and Eric Toder--successful approaches include offering formal and informal phased retirement options and creating flexible work arrangements, such as part-time work, flexible schedules, job sharing, telework arrangements, and snowbird programs.

In addition the authors of this report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to support the work of the Taskforce on the Aging of the American Workforce, point out that federal, state, and local governments, as well as nonprofit organizations and post-secondary educational institutions, help older workers find employment and secure job training and educate employers about the value of older workers.

Source: Urban Institute Research Summary (March 7, 2008)

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