Despite the high percentage of U.S. workers nearing retirement age, many employers aren't yet concerned about losing employees to retirement, according to a survey released yesterday by global staffing company Robert Half.


In a survey of 2,100 chief financial officers, 42 percent said they were not at all concerned about losing employees from the baby boomer generation to retirement in the next two years. A total of 21 percent said they were somewhat unconcerned.


In Des Moines, 38 percent of the CFOs surveyed said they were not at all concerned, and 26 percent said they were somewhat unconcerned.


According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information, one-fifth of the U.S. workforce has passed or is nearing retirement age, Robert Half's report said.


For CFOs who are concerned, losing leadership was the No. 1 fear both locally and nationally.


Robert Half Senior Executive Director Paul McDonald said in a news release that even though losing baby boomers to retirement isn't a large concern yet, employers should still prepare for losing leaders and experienced workers. 


He mentioned the benefit of programs that allow individuals to transition into retirement, something that Greater Des Moines leaders mentioned in this Business Record article.