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Ep 107. Paul Rupert: Respectful Exits

By Work and Life with Stew Friedman

Paul Rupert is the Founder and CEO of Rupert Organizational Design as well as CEO of the advocacy start-up  Respectful Exits, a company promoting the rights of aging workers by improving retirement options.  Paul spent fifteen years building innovative San Francisco nonprofit organizations in areas such as healthcare, legal services, publishing, and addiction treatment. He joined New Ways to Work, San Francisco’s flexible work think-tank, in 1986 to promote flexible work in major corporations.  In 2000 he opened his own firm in Washington, DC, Rupert Organizational Design, where he developed customized initiatives for 100 major clients that integrate online guidance and training for all forms of flexible work, including Phased Retirement. His client list ranges from Aetna, Amgen, and the IMF to PNC Bank, Sodexo, and Xerox. Paul and Stew discuss the various ways in which those nearing the old standard age of retirement can continue to add significant value to their employers and the costs to organizations of letting go so-called expensive older employees.  For those seniors interested in extending their working lives, Paul outlines various strategies one can propose to one’s employer and the importance of doing one’s homework before making the pitch. Paul sees older employees seeking phased retirement and other creative options as an outgrowth of the types of flexibility that working women have been pushing for and that now young fathers are advocating for as well. He describes his handy self-help online tool for assisting people in working through the steps to make an effective proposal for phasing in retirement.  It’s called Phazer.

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