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Joyce Lain Kennedy

When to take the money and run

DEAR JOYCE: Last week my employer offered half of our department an early retirement package. I'm only 59. Should I turn it down or grab it and look for another job? -- No initials. Bear in mind that companies make attractive "early out" offers for several reasons: 1. Compassionate treatment eases managers' guilt when letting good employees go. 2. Voluntary departures are less traumatic for surviving employees than forced exits. 3. Employees who take the money and run are less likely to litigate than those who are given no choice. POINTS TO PONDER Here's what I think: -- If the offer is targeted to employees perceived to have few prospects for the...