Tuesday, July 15, 2008

EBRI Survey Suggests Ways Employers Can Encourage Workers To Postpone Retirement

According to results of conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), employers have a narrow window of up to two years in which they may be able to change retiring workers’ decisions by offering them incentives to remain with the company.

The "EBRI 2008 Recent Retirees Survey: Report of Findings" surveyed 4,981 workers in aerospace and defense industry companies who retired in 2003 or later and are currently between the ages of 55 and 65. Among other things, EBRI reports that many retirees would have been open to an approach from their employer asking them to stay longer with the company: 61% would have viewed the experience positively, while only 10% indicated they would have reacted negatively to an approach asking them to delay their retirement.

With respect to 19 possible incentives that might encourage retiring workers to postpone retirement, EBRI found that three appeared especially likely to be successful:
  • feeling truly needed for an assignment;
  • for retirees with a defined benefit pension, receiving a full pension while working part;
  • being able to work seasonally or on a contract basis.
Source: EBRI Press Release (July 10, 2008); Issue Brief #319 (July 2008)

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