Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Deciding to Retire (A Case Study)


  • James M. Tolliver
  • Céleste Grimard
  • Daniel F. Coleman


In this case study, we witness a conversation between three colleagues: Kathy, who is thinking about retiring, and Dusty and Ian who have already retired. Together they explore the factors that push employees toward retirement and those that pull them back into their work. The case study explores how to make the difficult decision to retire and adjust to retirement, especially in terms of one’s social identity. Students of HR, organizational change, career transitions, and academic careers may find the case study to be particularly relevant.