Employers, workers benefit when HR helps older staff with career decisions

More workers approaching retirement opting to retire in phases rather than quitting cold turkey
By Barbara Moses
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/27/2004


f you’re like most Canadian workplaces, you have a large group of baby boomers wondering about how to approach their remaining working years. For HR, providing career guidance to older employees will become an increasing concern as this group ages in the years ahead.

In previous generations, people often retired by going overnight from full-time work to none at all. Today, however, many people opt to phase out their income-producing activities and change the nature of their work. They are switching to contract and consulting work that allows them to work less than full-time, but still continue to apply their skills.