Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Mature Workers

Jeanette N. Cleveland and Sarina M. Maneotis

in The Oxford Handbook of Retirement

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746521
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Mature Workers

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This chapter discusses reasons and methods for retaining older individuals in the workplace and recruiting those who have retired back to the workplace. Characteristics of older workers that organizations should retain and recruit are described. Factors associated with a healthy workplace for older individuals, including generational concerns and organizational culture, are also presented. After the case is made for retaining and recruiting older workers, several example scenarios are presented to make our retention and recruitment strategy implementation concrete. Finally, recommended methods for retention and recruitment are suggested.

Keywords: mature workers; intergenerational recruitment and retention; work flexibility; multigenerational support

Article.  13110 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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