Retention Strategies and Older Workers

Cheryl Paullin and Deborah L. Whetzel

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Retention Strategies and Older Workers

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This chapter summarizes survey findings and theories that can help employers understand factors affecting the retention of older workers. It then describes retention strategies such as flexible work schedules, phased retirement, creating an age-positive culture, fostering employee health and well-being, and providing training and development opportunities. The chapter closes with recommendations about best practices, approaches for choosing and tailoring retention strategies for each employer’s situation, and approaches for evaluating age management programs after implementation.

Keywords: age-management programs; age-positive culture; bridge employment; flexible work; phased retirement; retention; retention strategies; retirement theory; unfolding model of turnover; workforce audits

Article.  19588 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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