What to do with older workers whose performance is slipping?

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Question: "We have an employee who is nearing 80 years old. His performance is slipping to the point where he creates more work than he accomplishes. Is there an alternative to increasingly harsh evaluations and eventual termination? We’d like the employee to depart with dignity, but there are no indications toward that end.” — J.P., Arizona


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For an older employee maybe the answer is accomodating that employee to what he or she is still capable of doing. Perhaps the co-workers would be willing to work with you on this.

We had an older employee who became unable to perform his normal duties. Rather than terminate him, we were able to offer him a part-time position that included some the the tasks that he was still able to do from the previous job. He accepted and it has ...(register to read more)

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