Handle with care if older employee’s performance slips

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When some employees approach retirement, they begin to coast. They may think that there’s no way their employer will let them go at their age, assuming management will be afraid of an Age Discrimination in Employment (ADEA) case. Or they simply slow down because they feel they have earned the right to do so.

An employee who’s suddenly getting by doing the minimum work possible can frustrate everyone involved, including co-workers and supervisors.

The truth is, that worker isn’t untouchable—if you play your cards right and play the hand he has dealt you. Here’s how to handle the situation when you discover the employee is still coming to work but has mentally retired:

  • Continue to set clear and objective performance goals. Explain what the employee needs to do to meet those goals. Continue to conduct appraisals.
  • Treat the employee as if he had years remaining on the payroll. For example, don’t exclude him f...(register to read more)

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