Government agencies need to find new ways to encourage workers to remain in their jobs longer so that the massive wave of baby boomer retirements doesn't overwhelm the system, according to Angela Curl, assistant professor in the University of Missouri School of Social Work.

In a case study of the state of Missouri's Deferred Retirement Option Provision, or BackDROP, Curl found that states may need to restructure deferred retirement incentives to encourage more employees to stay on the job longer and minimize the disruption to government operations.

She estimated that a full quarter of Missouri state employees will be eligible for retirement by 2016. Such a mass exodus threatens the continuity of the state government workforce.

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