Generally I stay away from any kind of open endorsement in writing my blog posts, but I feel compelled to tell you about an organization called "Respectful Exits." Led by Paul Rupert, an expert in flexible scheduling and staffing, this nonprofit has initiated a national campaign with local affiliates. Their goal is to get employer practices "to catch up with the new longevity." The Respectful Exits "Longevity Agenda" has the following objectives:
End the 65 “sell-by” date as a mandatory or informal “retirement age”
Practice career-long development and training of all staff
Encourage robust flexible scheduling for employees of all ages
Provide ongoing, on-demand financial wellness counseling
- Implement and promote flexible and phased retirement options.
Respectful Exits has just launched a free online tool called "The Phazer." Here's how the organization describes it:
The guidance in The Phazer™ is based on tools and processes we developed in the phased retirement programs of major companies. Hundreds have used them successfully. While no one can guarantee the success of a given proposal – and there are risks in stepping forward – two truisms apply here: “If you don’t ask, you won’t get” and “You don’t get what you deserve…you get what you negotiate.”
Think of this site as a GPS to the destination of your choice.
Kudos to Respectful Exits for taking a proactive approach to age discrimination in the workplace. If you are in a situation with an employer where you are being phased out or terminated because of your age, even if you want to continue to work, you should definitely check out Respectful Exits in general and The Phazer specifically. Here are the links to their sites: