Retirement of long-term government employees

Knowledge is walking out the door of many of our government agencies. We have seen this coming for a while. It’s a little late to do much about it but there are a few things we can do to lessen the blow. Go to the folks who have the knowledge. Ask them to mentor you and then listen to everything they say. Yes, you can pick and choose what you intend to do with it, but listen for the wisdom gained over a lifetime of service. Honor their contribution. Be careful not to make them feel threatened – everyone wants to retire when they choose, not when they are forced to. Tell them you want to make sure all the wisdom they have gathered over the years doesn’t leave with them and either write it down or record it. Support them if they tell you, “I’m not ready to retire yet.” For many, retirement is scary. Never make them feel pushed. Let them know you want to learn at their feet and then let them do the talking.