While watching Sweet 16 and talking with a neighbor of mine, the topic turned to work. He is fast approaching 65 and is looking forward to retirement. Well, sort of looking forward to it. This employee retention speaker and employee retention expert were shocked when he told me he had approached his employer about working part-time for the organization once he retired. All he heard from his boss was why they can’t do it. His boss was looking at what they could not do as opposed to looking at what they could do to find a way to keep a long-service, productive worker.
This employee retention trainer has heard this from many retirees or soon-to-be-retired people. My neighbor is willing to work 15-20 hours per week. The last time I checked, if you have two retirees like him you just filled one of your open positions. 20 hours plus 20 hours equals 40 hours a week that you have someone working for you! Instead, when he talked about wanting to travel a bit and having some flexibility for certain events, his manager shut him down. My neighbor thought they would be glad to have him continue on in some capacity. He works in a BIG organization! Even if his boss couldn’t make it work, there are hundreds of jobs he could do part-time in the organization. This employee recruitment expert sees this all too often.
The only thing I can attribute this mindset to is that we have many lazy, uncreative, or, frankly, some dumb leaders out there. Well, the worker shortage is not going away so it’s time to wake up and stop being so difficult. Get creative with your schedule, start building a part-time workforce to bolster your contingent of full-time workers. It may not be easy but it’s a must to find people wherever you can find them. Every person contemplating retirement needs to be proactively asked, “Would you have an interest in working part-time if we can find a spot for you?” Set up a process to proactively go after this huge part of the workforce.
It’s time to stop whining about not being able to find people when there is a huge pool of potential workers out there…retirees or future retirees. In most cases, these people are looking for someone to work with them so they can work part-time. It’s time employers stop being so difficult and make it happen!
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