Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Experienced Workers
Hiring experienced workers will help your agency retain institutional knowledge, develop less experienced workers, and acquire high-demand specialized skills. This workforce can be targeted to assist the Federal Government with several recruiting challenges, including matching mission requirements with limited resources, maintaining a diverse workforce, targeting specific pools of talent, and eliminating barriers that deter Federal retirees from returning to Federal service.
EFFECTIVE PRACTICES TARGETING EXPERIENCED WORKERS INCLUDE:
- Senior leadership commitment to recruiting the best talent
- Forward-looking workforce planning
- Targeted recruitment of diverse talent pools
- Employer branding that reaches diverse groups
- Maintaining outreach during periods of reduced hiring
- Developing targeted outreach strategies to attract and recruit diverse talent
- Seeking a more personal approach with potential applicants
- Telework and alternative work schedules
- Wellness programs
- Recreational activities
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published report GAO-09-206 Enhanced Communication among Federal Agencies Could Improve Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Experienced Workers in February 2009
. In the GAO report experienced workers are defined as 55 or older.
You may use the following resources to learn techniques and adapt them to fulfill specific needs: