No question the challenges are greater for older workers who have lost a job. Employers may worry about their increased vulnerability to COVID-19 if they return to the office, their potential for higher healthcare costs, their ability to work with younger colleagues and whether their technology skills are up to date.
Taking early retirement can throw a monkey wrench into your future financial security. That’s why it’s vital to be cautious before doing it.
Kerry Hannon joins our podcast to talk about her new book Great Pajama Jobs: Your Compete Guide to Working from Home. She notes how remote work from home jobs level the playing field by focusing attention on performance and productivity.
It may be a campaign tactic, but older workers be forewarned. Ageism runs deep in our culture–especially in the workplace.
“I love working remotely,” says one 64-year-old First West accountant manager. “I miss my coworkers’ smiling faces, which always brighten my day. But the extra time in the morning allows me to ease into the day. The quiet also makes me more productive.”
Many employers have instituted hiring freezes. Job postings have dropped. But that doesn’t mean you should put the brakes on your search. It’s frustrating, but one move you can make right now is to look around the edges and set-up “informational” interviews.
Once the pandemic ends, a large number of older workers will need to find a new job — or even a new career.
“By letting more employees work from home, businesses and nonprofits can reduce the cost of office space and equipment and see improvement in productivity,” said Sara Sutton, CEO and founder of FlexJobs and Remote.co