Older Workers

In a recent post, Re-careering, we discussed the growing trend of older adults to re-career rather than retire.  Here’s an interesting article that illustrates the point. 

Dorothy Evans, age 92, works 20 hours per week behind the counter at a Dinuba, CA McDonald’s.  Mrs. Evans started working at McDonald’s in 1993, at age 78."She is one of the hardest workers we have.  She has more energy than some of the 16-year-olds we hire." says Betty Tores, owner of the  restaurant.  "And, she is so loyal and responsible.  How many people do you find like her these days?"

A 2006 report by the MetLife Mature Market Institute stated that 72
percent of people age 66-70 choose to work to stay "active and

Pete Wilson, age 70, a retired insurance executive works part-time to help pay for his hobby; power lifting.  He says he likes "the camaraderie of the work place and trying something different."

As the baby boomers reach retirement age, many want to continue to be productive, earn a little extra money, and stay active without the pressure of a full-time job.  The flexible hours of a part-time gig allow them to travel, play golf, or do volunteer work.  Meanwhile, their new employers gain decades of experience and a work ethic that younger workers may not have.  In a retail environment, that experience often gives them instant credibility with customers, especially older customers.  And,  like Mrs. Evans, many older workers have tremendous energy.

Sidebar:  The MetLife site mentioned above has some very good information for older adults.  If you or someone you care about is nearing retirement age, it’s worth a look.

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