A Roadmap to Superior Futures

Our aging workforce is at-risk. Respectful Exits offers this free guide to extended work and flexible and phased retirement as one powerful tool to make overdue changes. 


Letter from Paul Rupert,
Respectful Exits CEO

The guidance in ThePhazer™ is based on tools and processes we developed in the phased retirement programs of major companies. Hundreds have used them successfully. While no one can guarantee the success of a given proposal – and there are risks in stepping forward – two truisms apply here: “If you don’t ask, you won’t get” and “You don’t get what you deserve…you get what you negotiate.”

Think of this site as a GPS to the destination of your choice. You can modify the route as you go, but there is value in starting with a clear guide in hand. The tool is free for individual use. We also encourage you to share it with colleagues and sign up for the free monthly update which will include new and modified content, success stories and troubleshooting lessons.

We wish you the best on your unique and creative journey. The growing Respectful Exits community will provide ongoing support and work with employers to change their attitudes and practices toward the aging workforce. Working together we can reduce the risk to individuals, families and the larger society.

How ThePhazer Works

1. Qualifying

Scan for you and your company’s readiness, rules of the road and eligibility.

2. Selecting

Review options and select with your current status and future plans in mind.

3. Planning

Develop detailed plans for redesigning work and transferring knowledge.

4. Proposing

Use our proven tools to assess your profile and refine your proposal.

5. Persuading

Strengthen your proposal with prospective gains and winning dialogues.

ThePhazer was created with $25,000 in fundraising support through Respectful Exits to help employees like you find your voice.

The Reality

Boomer Exodus

From 2011 until 2029, 10,000 Boomers a day—or 60 million people—turned and will turn 65.

That’s the equivalent of one-and-a-half Californias.

Increased Longevity

Life expectancy is up 20 years, yet workers are discarded at 65 or earlier.

Social Security set the retirement eligibility age at 65 in 1936.

Impending Poverty

50% of workers 50-64 have less than $14,000 in savings to last 20-30 years.

Invested, that yields $50 per month.

Retirement Demand

64% of workers hope to work longer and ease into retirement, while 5% of employers offer formal programs.

The demand increases, but the supply does not.

Reactions to ThePhazer

“A promising tool such as ThePhazer can go a long way toward educating workers on the understanding that there are new possibilities for them and their communities, too.”
Paul Kleyman
Coordinator, Journalists Network on Generations
“If you are anywhere near retirement and thinking about phased retirement…download & send a heap of gratitude to Respectful Exits for this resource!”
Melissa Nicholson
Work Muse flexibility & job share advocate
“This is a forward thinking concept for retirement. Check it out.”
Kathy Flora
Career Transitions Counselor
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