Encouraging Your Elderly Employees to
Retire with Purpose
Retirement is a daunting inevitability to many elderly employees throughout the United States
and the world. One of the main concerns is that the retiree will become increasingly bored and
isolated until that fateful day comes. For many retirees though, this has never happened, and
life has never been so exciting and fulfilling.
As an employer, you may feel it’s your responsibility to help your elderly staff transition into
retirement. This takes more than ensuring they have a suitable workplace retirement plan, such
as a Simple IRA or some sort of combination plan. You may need to dedicate some time to
sitting down with your elderly employees and helping them to find a way they can retire with
Here are some tips for helping elderly employees transition comfortably into retirement, and to
ensure they feel fulfilled in doing so.
Help them to Identify their Passion
Most people when asked their passion will begin by talking about their job, this is because we
often find aspects of our passion within certain roles in our community. Identifying the core of
the passion can inform us about the true calling of the individual, and can help them in seeking
that sense of fulfillment beyond their career. Your elderly employees will generally be more
honest than other employees, and will happily state their likes and dislikes to those who listen.
What they Like About their Job
Begin by asking your elderly employees what they like about their job, or perhaps what they like
about the workplace. This can give you an idea of what their general desires are, perhaps they
like giving advice, in which case they may benefit from becoming a mentor. Whereas if they
enjoy reading and responding to correspondence, then they may have closet aspirations to
become a writer.
Encourage them to Explore this Passion
Once you’ve helped them to identify the core passion behind what they enjoy doing, you should
encourage them to explore their opti