Magazine article Management Review

Retirees Returning to the Workforce

Magazine article Management Review

Retirees Returning to the Workforce

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As the U.S. labor shortage becomes a chronic problem, employers are pressed to stretch their imaginations when recruiting.

Gary Carter, president of Elucidex Inc., a technical communications firm in Bellingham, Washington, looked at another demographic trend--the graying of the population--and found a creative way to solve his staffing problems: hiring retirees.

His company, which writes software manuals in English and then translates them along with the software into other languages for clients, faced a chronic worker shortage and the high turnover typical of high-tech industries. "People were coming in, getting trained and then moving on to other firms," Carter recalls.

Carter was tired of filling and refilling positions. Then he got an idea from his father-in-law, who retired from manufacturing and went on to a second career as a CPA. "Many people who retire still want to do useful work, but they can't find any," Carter says. He decided to give retirees a shot. …

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