Many of us in our 60’s (and I count myself as one of them) do not want to stop working at the age of 60 or 65. Many of us could not afford to maintain our standard of living, if we were to give up the income that comes with working. Some of us are prepared to cut back on our budgets and luxuries, others are not. Where do you fit in?
But, finding work in retirement is not necessarily a walk in the park. These days with the emergence of the Gig economy, where work and contracts are offered and completed online, (you can read my blog on the gig economy here…)it can be easier to find work without having to state your age and having it held against you. But in many cases out-dated and inaccurate stereotypes uphold the pillars of ageism.
The classic stereotypes that are used against us are:
- Older people are more expensive to employ
- Older people are slow learners
- Older people lag technologically
But a survey of HR professionals done for the American Association of Retirees and Pensioners, found that older people bring to the workplace:
- More work experience
- Greater maturity/professionalism
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to serve as mentors
- Greater reliability
- Greater loyalty
- Lower turnover
- Tacit knowledge that is not easily recorded or disseminated
Compared to the generations that follow, the Baby boomers bring a work ethic often instilled in us by our Silent generation parents where sick leave is for genuine illness and not simply a break, and you accumulate your sick leave as an insurance in case you get seriously ill or need an operation! Once we have a job where we are happy, we tend to stay around and enjoy being loyal. These together with wisdom and EQ built up over years can be a strong factor in employing someone in their 60’s.
As part of my personal attempt to keep pace with technology I have been working furiously the last couple of weeks on creating an online course. Called “Make Retirement Work for you,” it leads the learner through a process of finding what will give their retirement purpose, meaning and relevance. I hope to complete it this week and I will definitely send the details in the next newsletter.