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5 Overlooked Signs that Your Employer Wants You to Retire
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Sometimes, it’s more than important to understand the unsaid before it’s explicitly stated. When employees inch retirement and are no longer able to carry out tasks with the same enthusiasm and energy; most employers find it tough to break the news that it’s time to rest after showing up a good fight all these years throughout their career. Nevertheless, here’re few signs that your employer finally wants you to retire and start a new innings of your post retirement life.

  • They Refrain From Awarding Crucial and Long-Term Projects

When you are no longer a part of your employer’s vision, you are sidelined from crucial and long-term projects that actually add value for the organization. The idea is to rely less on your experience and onboard new people to take up a role with better efficiency and productivity. Therefore, your employer can try to cut down dependency on your role and efforts as much as they can, if they want you to retire.

  • They Align You More to BAU Projects

Your inputs in strategy and decision-making that shape the future of the organization might see a downward curve. Rather, you get aligned to more business as usual projects that has more to do with day to day operations and less with brainstorming and strategizing.

  • They Stop Investing in Your Professional Growth

Continuous feedback and course corrections are vital for any professional to grow in their roles and contribute to the long-term vision of an organization. If your employer wants you to retire, they mostly cut down on the quantity and quality of the feedback they used to offer before. You might also get cold responses on your achievements. Other than that, the amount and frequency of appreciation for your efforts can also take a backseat.

  • They Don’t Provide Appreciable Appraisals

Higher remuneration and position is one of the biggest factors that an employer provides an employee as an incentive to stay and continue growing. However, the amount of appraisals can decline when your employer wants you to retire.

  • They Try to Make Your Role Redundant

Many a time, your employer can try to merge your role with a different department or even make it obsolete for good.

Although it’s not a universal fact, most senior employees struggle with low learning agility and enthusiasm to work as they near their retirement age. Awarding a higher remuneration and perks with seniority is another factor that influence decision to part ways.  Even if they try, the motivation to continue putting in efforts and fetch results take a hit. During such a time, organizations feel that it’s better to replace the workforce with a younger workforce who can bring a fresh perspective to the workplace and role without having to spend exorbitantly. More often than not, roles that are not highly complex and are quite simple and repetitive in nature with no specialized skills required are the first to be replaced. Typical examples can include the jobs of an office secretary, personal assistant and clerks that performs monotonous tasks in nature. In such roles, bearing a high cost with experience isn’t required that much, which is why employers try to bring down the costs in these roles first.

Topics: Career

Originally published September 12 2018,updated November 18 2019

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