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Coaching Your Employees On Finishing Strong as They Retire

Baby boomers are beginning to retire in large numbers. AARP says that 10,000 people are retiring from work daily. Most companies have no formal program to aid these employees in this final transition. Although we often have extensive onboarding programs, little to nothing is done when an employee is ending their career except a goodbye party.

Upcoming retirement for many people means coasting until the day they are done. Dave was a senior level manager and he announced his retirement one year in advance. Problem was that Dave then became retired on the job. He stop innovating. He stopped green lighting new ideas. He avoid conflict by ignoring problems. He no longer aggressively led his team. Dave had been very successful in his career but he ended so poorly that was how everyone remembered him. His team suffered a morale problem because they felt they were stuck until Dave left his position. That is a company problem. You want the retiring employee to end strong at your company. Instead of letting the employee coast and drain the company coffers, there are some key things HR can do to support the retiring person to end their career in the best way possible fully contributing up until the last day.

Some key strategies include:

Final days may be a bittersweet time for employees to say goodbye to their co-workers, friends and the company itself. Having a supportive sendoff is a great policy to ensure everyone leaves on a positive note and will speak highly of your organization after their departure.

Robin Ryan has appeared on over 2000 TV & radio shows including Oprah and DrPhil. She is the best-selling author of eight books including her newest “Retirement Reinvention”. She has a busy Seattle-area career counseling practice helping clients nationwide. Learn more at:

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Robin Ryan is a career counselor offering individual services including Interview Coaching and Resume Writing. She is a Speaker and the bestselling author of seven career books including 60 Seconds & You’re Hired and Over 40 & You’re Hired! She has appeared on over 2000 TV and radio shows including Oprah, Dr Phil, CNN and ABC News.

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