Analyzing the efficacy of early retirement incentives in the private sector
Cline, Linda K.
Mason, Laura L.
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Corporate financial stability has long been considered to be an essential feature of successful enterprise even in stable or growing economy. Finincial crises and recessions set much higher requirements toward financial stability of the enterprise. In their search to regain stability and improve performance, companies utilize various operating and financing solutions. Among these solutions, an important role belongs to cost reduction initiatives such as early retirement incentives. Early retirement incentives are considered to be an effective and humane measure of payroll costs reduction. Neverthless, there is a lot of controversy regarding its actual efficacy. This research paper reviews costs and ramifications of early retirement incentives and their efficacy as compared to other cost-reduction options, and analyzes advantages and disadvantages of their implementation in order to conclude on their actual efficacy. While early retirement incentives may have significant payroll-costs reduction potential, they are not focused, and their outcomes may vary greatly. Therefore, estimation of immediate financial effects of early retirement incentives and their unintended consequences is extremely challenging. Similarly, it is impossible to conclusively determine who benefits more from early retirement incentive programs - a company or its employees. These facts drive to the conclusion that implementation of the early retirement incentives requires the most elaborate planning and execution in order to be effective, predictable, and safe.
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