Older workers keen on flexibility

Knowledge retention, labour shortage reasons to stay longer
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/15/2010

AltaLink, an electricity transmission company in Calgary, recognizes the value of older workers’ knowledge and experience. As such, the company offers unique work arrangements to encourage these workers to stay on the job past their retirement eligibility, says Don Richards, director of human resources operations at AltaLink.

“A lot of them, when they leave, it’s a big, big loss because they’re so knowledgeable,” says Richards. “To retain them a little bit longer, whether it’s on a part-time basis or job sharing, is really good.”

AltaLink began offering special work arrangements to non-union employees about four years ago, he says.